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The Tokushima International Consumer’s Forum 2021

Connecting to the Future

The Tokushima International Consumer’s Forum 2021

“Path to solutions for new problems faced by consumers”
as we aim for the realization of a sustainable society
– Looking towards the digital society after the age of COVID-19 –

The Tokushima Prefectural Government has been carrying out various initiatives to facilitate the process of building a sustainable society from a global perspective in cooperation with the Consumer Affairs Agency.
For example, the Government co-hosted Japan’s first G20 International Conference on Consumer Policy with the Consumer Affairs Agency, which was held in Tokushima Prefecture in September 2019, and, since July 2020, has been promoting pioneering projects together with the Consumer Affairs Agency’s Strategic Headquarters for Frontiers of Consumer Policy, which was set up in the Government’s building as a national hub for policy development and international operations in consumer administration and education.

Held on the theme, “New Consumer Problems and Road Map to Solutions to Prepare for a Post-Covid-19 Digital Society,” the Tokushima International Consumer’s Forum 2021 will invite leading experts in ethical consumption from various countries to offer opinions and recommendations relating to the theme, and organize sessions for participants from ASEAN countries that are important partners of Tokushima Prefecture and Japan, not only for economic collaboration and interpersonal exchanges, but also for the development of healthy consumer markets. In doing so, the Forum hopes to create a new cooperative network and new value.

We hope that the forthcoming Forum will facilitate meaningful, forward-looking discussions to contribute to international consumer policies, and help to improve people’s lives as consumers all around the world.

Preview

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Schedule

Date: 
October 26 (Tuesday), 2021
Venue: 
4F, JR Hotel Clement Tokushima (1-61, Nishi, Terashima-honcho, Tokushima)
*The forum will be live-streamed.
Opening
○10:00~10:10 Opening remarks
Keynote Speeches
Keynote speeches by the world’s top leaders in regards to ethical consumption
○10:10~10:30 Keynote Speech 1
UK
Rob Harrison|Director|Ethical Consumer
○10:30~10:50 Keynote Speech 2
Australia
Gordon Renouf|Founder|Good On You
○10:50~11:10 Keynote Speech 3
USA
Ellis Jones|Founder|Better World Shopper,
Associate Professor of Sociology|College of the Holy Cross
○11:10~11:30 Keynote Speech 4
Philippines
Ruth B. Castelo|Undersecretary for Consumer Protection Group
Department of Trade and Industry
Sessions
○11:40~12:50 Session 1
Session with the world’s top leaders in regards to ethical consumption
・Coordinator
Japan
Hideki Nakahara|Emeritus Professor|Tokyo City University,
President|Japan Ethical Initiative
・Panelist
UK
Rob Harrison|Director|Ethical Consumer
Australia
Gordon Renouf|Founder|Good On You
USA
Ellis Jones|Founder|Better World Shopper,
Associate Professor of Sociology|College of the Holy Cross
Philippines
Ruth B. Castelo|Undersecretary for Consumer Protection Group
Department of Trade and Industry
○14:00~15:10 Session 2
Session between national and local governments of both ASEAN countries and Japan
・Coordinator
Japan
Hideki Kusakabe|Vice-Administrative Chief|Strategic Headquarters for Frontiers of Consumer Policy, CAA
・Panelist
Japan
Takuji Hirai|Bureau Head|Consumer Development and Safety Bureau,
Crisis Management and Environment Department Tokushima Prefectural Government
Malaysia
Nurul Marha Binti Mohamed|Director|Consumer Policy and Research Division
Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs
Philippines
Ruth B. Castelo|Undersecretary for Consumer Protection Group
Department of Trade and Industry
Thailand
Wimonrat Wim Teriyapirom|Director|International
Cooperation Section Office of the Consumer Protection Board
Viet Nam
Nguyen Quynh Anh|Deputy Director General|
Vietnam Competition and Consumer Authority
○15:20~16:30 Session 3
Session relating to consumer education at the university level
・Coordinator
Japan
Takao Nishimura|Emeritus Professor|Yokohama National University
・Panelist
Japan
Izumi Kado|Professor|Junior College, Shikoku University
Japan
Yuka Sakamoto|Associate Professor|Naruto University of Education
Japan
Antonios Karaiskos|Associate Professor|Graduate School of Law, Kyoto University
Malaysia
Rizal Rahman|Associate Professor|National University of Malaysia
Thailand
Wirote Watinpongpun|Assistant Professor|Chulalongkorn University
Closing
○16:30~16:40 Closing remarks
France
Farid Yaker|Programme Officer|United Nations Enviroment Programme
*Program and participants are subject to change without notice.
The video of Tokushima International Consumer‘s Forum 2021
will be released on this website around January 2022.

Contacts for inquiries

Consumer Policy Division, Consumer Development and Safety Bureau,
Crisis Management and Environment Department,
Tokushima Prefectural Government TEL. +81-88-621-2499
※ Japanese Only