* Speakers list is subject to change (latest update: 17 May 2019)

Makoto Ehara

General Manager, Mayekawa Mfg. Co., Ltd

Makoto Ehara has engaged heat engineering at different industries such as Cold Storage, Fishing Vessel and Food Process since he joined Mayekawa in 1987.

He recently involves newly energy management as an expert and promotes heat pump technology as energy saving and environmental issue requested by Food Process Industry.

Kenji Funamori

Asset Management Manager, Metro Cash & Carry Japan

Specialties : Store facility construction and management, Energy management,Security and Operational monitoring, with 30 year experience in Retail.

Katsuhiko Harada

President, Nihon Netsugen Systems

Mr. Harada is the president of Nihon Netsugen Systems; manufacturer of chillers and heat pump systems partnering with GEA Refrigeration Technology in Germany. Mr. Harada takes leadership in introducing European CO2 supermarket cooling systems to Japan. In addition, Nihon Netsugen Systems manufactures natural refrigerant products like ammonia and propane chiller systems.
Mr. Harada holds Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Keio University, and Master of Arts in Economics from New York University. Prior to his current carrier, he worked as a journalist for the political division of NHK – Public TV Japan.

Kuraya Hidekazu

Director of the Office of Fluorocarbons Control Policy, Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan

Mr. KURAYA has been in charge of global environmental issues, waste management and water & air environmental management at the Japanese Ministry of the Environment (, also at MHLW and MLIT). He holds the position of the Director of the Office of Fluorocarbons Control Policy at the Climate Change Policy Division in the Global Environment Bureau.

2014 Director for management of Climate Change Office, Environmental Policy Division, Road Transport Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

2016 Professor, Public Policy School, Hokkaido University

2019 Director of the Office of Fluorocarbons Control Policy, Climate Change Policy Division, Global Environment Bureau, Ministry of the Environment

Shigekatsu Koganemaru

President, Yoshio Ice Manufacturing Refrigeration

Shigekatsu KoganemaruPresident of Yoshio Ice Manufacturing and Refrigeration One of board membersof Japan Association of Refrigerated Warehouses; he lectures at technicalseminars of the association for cold warehouses owners or engineers.

Hiroaki Kuroishi

Manager of Mechanical Design and Engineering, Nihon Netsugen Systems

Mr.Kuroishi is responsible for CO2 project in the company for both design andengineering systems. Mr. Kuroishi holds Bachelor and Master of engineering from Tottori National University.

Akio Masuda

Executive Director, Japan Association of Refrigerated Warehouses

Akio Motohashi

General Manager of Logistics Group, Kokubu Group

AKIO MOTOHASHI participated in various projects such as “Logistics strategy formulationproject“, "Expansion of Logistics Business“, "Reconstruction of distribution bases“, "Improvement of physical distribution quality". 

AKIO MOTOHASHI is promoting realization of logistics measures by making full use of his knowledge, experience, and personal connections.

AKIO MOTOHASHI also promotes the use of natural refrigerants from the viewpoint of environmental conservation.

Manabu Onishi

General Manager of Refrigeration System, Cold Chain Business Division, Appliances Company, Panasonic

1986  Joined the Company (Matsushita Refrigeration Company, Japan)

1996  Panasonic Compressor Division

2008  Managing Director / Panasonic Appliances Foundry Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

          Managing Officer / Panasonic Appliances Refrigeration Devices Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

2012  Managing Director / Panasonic Appliances Refrigeration Devices Singapore Pte. Ltd.

2015  General Manager / Corporate Planning Group, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Devices Business Division, Appliances Company

2017  General Manager / Refrigeration System Department, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Devices Business Division, Appliances Company

2018  General Manager / Refrigeration System, Cold Chain Business Division, Appliances Company

Hinako Sato

Food Market Division, Mayekawa

Hinako Sato has engaged heat engineering at food process since she joined Mayekawa in 2016.

Currently, she is promoting the use of natural refrigerants the freeze-dried food process.

She likes traveling and takes a deep interest in environmental issues from the traveling experiences. 

Norishige Sato

General Manager of FTE Academy, Food Techno Engineering Co., Ltd., Food Techno Engineering

April 2001.       Joined Food techno Engineering Co.,Ltd, April 2001.

January 2017.  FTE Academy.

November 2018.          General Manager of FTE Academy

Food Techno Engineering Co., Ltd. was founded on August 2, 1999. Considering the quality and safety of foods as a top priority, engineering that realizes with high technical capacity is continued business by many customers.

FTE Academy with the concept of global environment and energy, was opened in January 2017.we are working on the development of CO2 refrigerator which is natural refrigerant. For the future of cold energy technology, we will continue to develop new technologies.

Tadao Sekiguchi

Sales Manager, CAREL Japan

After spending 18 years at Cabot Corporation and 19 years at Emerson Japan, both in sales within the country, Tadao Sekiguchi now works at CAREL Japan as a Sales Manager, focusing on electronic expansion valves.

Takahiro Suzuki

CSR Dept., Aeon Co., Ltd.

Joined JUSCO Co., Ltd. (Currently, Aeon Co., Ltd.) in 2000.

Accumulated significant experiences through Corporate Secretarial, Business Alliance, and Start-up New Business in the Aeon Group HQ before assigned to work in the Ministry of the Environment (MOE).

After coming back from MOE, currently have a responsible role of formulating and pursuing the mid-and-long term Environmental Strategies of the Aeon Group including “Aeon Decarbonization Vision 2050”.

Tatsuya Tamura

General Human Resources Office, General Affairs Department Facility Manager , Tokyu Department Store


Hiroyuki Tominaga

Cold Chain Business Division Director, Appliance Company , Panasonic

1991 Apr Joined “ Panasonic Corporation “ ( as “ Matsushita Electric Works “ ) 
2005 Apr R & D Planning Dept – R & D Management planning Dept . Manager 
2010 Oct Energy system business promotion Center - Center Manager 
2014Mar Corporate Strategy Div. Business Creatio Project Planning team leader
2016 Apr Appliance Company Company Strategy Div. Food Distribution Business Development Center – General Manager 
2018Apr Appliance Company Cold Chain Business Division General manager – Domestic Area2019 Apr Appliance Company - Cold Chain Business Division Division Director

Shinichiro Uto

Architect, Energy Management, Lawson

Mr. Uto is in charge of the Store Development Division within Lawson, a Japanese leader in CO2 transcritical refrigeration systems installed in convenience stores (CVS). Mr. Uto's role encompasses the construction planning and promotion of Lawson's stores featuring the latest environmental technologies. Besides a specialty in CO2 refrigeration systems, Mr. Uto also carries out other energy saving measures in Japan and overseas.

Masashi Yokosawa

Executive Officer General Manager, Brand Development Office, Sales Division, AP Company

Responsible for the retail and restaurant business as a brand manager at Hirata Bokujyo, a large company in the livestock industry

Joined AP Company after the Great East Japan Earthquake with the mission of “creating fisheries from izakaya”, he is contributing to society through restaurants.