EnergySourceMar 31, 2023
Green investment takes the lead: Japan’s revamped approach in Africa
By Emi Yasukawa
Japan's approach to Africa is becoming more investment-based, instead of relying just on aid. Japanese companies and banks have recalibrated their strategies and are looking to advance continent-wide development.
Emi Yasukawa is the senior researcher of congressional affairs at the Embassy of Japan, located in Washington, DC. Her focus is monitoring US legislation on climate change and assessing the impact on Japanese policy and the broader Indo-Pacific region. Also, she works closely with senior diplomats to engage with the Hill.
Prior to this, Yasukawa directed communications programs for science and technology-based companies and institutions, engaging and assisting in topics encompassing innovative biotechnology, medical science, global health, food science, and AI/IoT. Emi received her Master’s in Sociology from Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo and a bachelor’s degree from Keio University in Tokyo. She has also studied abroad, attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While earning her Master’s degree, Emi was a research assistant for analyzing climate change policy networks for COMPON (Comparing Climate Change Policy Networks). Here, she studied the organizations that influenced policy-making.