General Manager – Sustainable Business, SMBC
Tadahiro Kaneko is general manager of the sustainable business promotion department of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp and leads the group globally to explore business opportunities associated to clients’ ESG initiatives. He joined SMBC in 1992 and has many years of experience with institutional investors, including as head of the group’s investor relations and regulatory capital funding department from 2009 to 2013. Prior to his current position, he was GM of the bank’s distribution department until April 2020. He was head of global financial institutions group of SMBC’s EMEA division in London until he returned to Tokyo in April 2018.
General Manager – Syndicated Finance' Mizuho Bank
Yasushi Goto is general manager of the syndicated finance department of Mizuho Bank. He has worked in the loan syndication business for the past 13 years, including a five-year assignment (from 2007 to 2012) in Singapore, where he covered corporate, project and leveraged finance syndications in Asia. Since 2012, he has been the joint general manager of the syndicated finance department in Tokyo with responsibility for underwriting, investor coverage and placement of syndicated loans. Prior to loan syndications, he worked in the real estate finance division from 2001 to 2007. He joined Mizuho Bank (then Fuji Bank) in 1991.
Managing Director, Global Head of Structured Finance, MUFG
Tomoki Muto is managing director and global head of structured finance, where he globally leads project finance, aviation & shipping finance and ECA trade finance.
He has over 25 years’ experience in the banking industry joining the Bank of Tokyo (now MUFG Bank) in 1993, with comprehensive experience in project finance starting from 1997.
He was seconded to the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC from 2002 to 2005. From 2011 to 2015, he was posted in Sydney as managing director for project finance. After heading the project finance office in Tokyo from 2017 to 2019, he is now also in charge of a new function within structured finance through the sustainable finance office, which was established in August 2019.
Head of Sustainable Finance Evaluation Department, JCR
Atsuko Kajiwara is head of the sustainable finance evaluation department of Japan Credit Rating Agency (JCR), an approved verifier of the Climate Bonds Initiative. She joined Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund (now Japan International Cooperation Agency), where she conducted environmental and social impact assessments of ODA loans to East and Southeast Asian countries. After taking a masters degree in development administration in the University of Wisconsin, she joined JCR as a sovereign analyst responsible for multilateral development banks as well as sovereign issuers in East Europe and Latin America. Since 2017, she has worked in evaluating various ESG finance. She is a member of ICMA Climate Transition Finance WG, UNEP FI’s initiative on Positive Impact Finance, and the Study Group on Environmental Innovation Finance for the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
General Manager of Domestic Power, Marubeni
Naoki Ito is general manager of the domestic power business department of Marubeni and leads on developing and operating power plant and retail business in Japan. He joined Marubeni in 1993 and was in charge of many power plant developments and retail businesses from 2000 to 2012. Prior to his current position, he was risk manager and chief commercial officer of retail business at SmartestEnergy UK until April 2019.
Deputy General Manager, NYK Line
Yoshiaki Hamano is deputy general manager of the finance group at NYK Line. He joined NYK in 1993, assigned to the Yokohama branch where he was in charge of the liner shipping service for trades in Asia/WCSA (West Coast of South America). Since 2002, he has been back and forth between the accounting and finance divisions. He was seconded to NYK International, its finance unit in London, from 2009 to 2012.
Refinitiv LPC (moderator)
Wakako Sato is Refinitiv LPC’s correspondent based in Tokyo and has been covering the Japanese syndicated loan market since 2007, including Samurai/Ninja loans, domestic corporate loans, acquisition financings, leveraged buyout loans and Asian project financings. She regularly speaks at loan seminars.