Hikaru  Kobayashi

Hikaru Kobayashi

Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance
Keio University
Hikaru Kobayashi, born in 1949, is a Professor at Graduate School of Media and Governance in Keio University. Before taking up his present position in 2011, he was an Administrative Vice Minister of the Environment in Japan. He worked in the Ministry of the Environment for more than 30 years, served in various other posts including Director-General of the Environmental Policy Bureau. He was in charge of inviting to Japan the 3rd Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He also handled international negotiations on the Kyoto Protocol and helped draft the law to promote prevention of global warming. Further, from 1985 to 1987, he joined Kitakyushu City Government as a Director on Industrial Waste. He has authored a number of books on Japan’s pollution experiences and on eco-housing. In 2013, he earned his PhD of civil engineering at the University of Tokyo. He holds a Masters of Engineering from the University of Tokyo and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Keio University. He also studied in Institut d’Urbanism de Paris, Universite de Paris XII (1979-1981), and was a Visiting Fellow at East-West Center, USA (1993-1994).