Informal Thematic Debate
Climate Change as a Global Challenge

Masayuki Sasanouchi

Mr. Masayuki Sasanouchi received bachelor's degree of electric engineering (1974 Keio Univ.) and has spent his professional career of 30 years in Toyota Motor Corporation. Currently he serves as Senior General Manager of CSR Environmental Affairs Division since its establishment decided by the top management in January 1998. From 1974 to 1982 he worked at Material Engineering Division as a research and development engineer. In 1982 he was assigned to work for Technical Planning Office to make out new material application strategy and coordinate development projects. From 1985 to 1990 he was a technical liaison in Detroit Branch of Toyota U.S. Office, to research on technical trends and play a role as a technical advisor for automotive parts export from USA to Japan. In 1990 he was transferred to Sendai city and set up Toyota Sendai Laboratory after he came back to Japan. He promoted the collaborative work with Tohoku University in basic research area for three years. In 1994 he moved to Tokyo Engineering Division where he was assigned to support executives of the company concerning their governmental and industrial affairs activities. One of his responsibilities was environmental issues.

Mr. Sasanouchi was a member of working group of Keidanren Industrial Technology Committee from 1994 to 1998. He is currently the chairperson of the sub-committee on environmental policy of the Environment Committee of Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Working Group on Global Environment Strategy of Nippon Keidanren and members of the Special Committee on Future Framework for Addressing Climate Change.