About RSBS

RSBS is a five-month project (May 2005-October 2005) to investigate the scientific status in seven fields relating to environmental sustainability. Based on an extensive review of global literature, interviews and questionnaires with some 170 leading experts and scholars in Japan, the US, and Europe, the report was compiled and released autumn - winter, 2005.

Photo by Kevin Cameron

The main report, "Science on Sustainability 2006" (PDF) is in Japanese, 286 pages, and was launched Oct. 31st, 2005 at Keidanren - the Japanese Business Federation - with the participation of some 400 Japanese corporations and individuals. The report is based on a review of science and aimed primarily at decision-makers in politics and business.

This website is the web version of a shorter English language summary. A pdf version of the English summary is also available for download.

The objective of the project is to create a credible and easily accessible (readable) scientific document to support the decision-making of political and business leaders. The reports compiled will not contain any specific policy proposals. The aim is to focus on clarifying the view of science and urge decision-makers to base their decisions and actions on a solid scientific foundation.

Further, corporations and non-profits may use the reports as educational material free of charge (a company may acquire the document and with permission from the secretariat to print for staff use). Students may use the reports and related website with literature references for study and research purposes. The general public may read the reports to gain an overview of the scientific status of research into environmental sustainability.



Project Initiators

Professor Ryoichi Yamamoto, Tokyo University
Professor Masayasu Kitagawa, Waseda University


Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd. (Japan’s largest non-life insurance company)

Research themes

Climate change / energy / resources & waste / food, water & forests / biodiversity / valuation of nature/ estimations of global environmental impact and capacity

Scientific Committees

60 leading Japanese scientists from the above seven research fields are on the research and working committees.
Full list available (in Japanese) on the website.

Chairs of Research Committee:
Professor Masayasu Kitagawa, Waseda University
Professor Ryoichi Yamamoto, Tokyo University

Chair of Working Committee:
Professor Hiroshi Mizutani, Nihon University

Project Secretariat

E-Square Incorporated (Sustainability Think Tank)
1-1-31-301 Sanyo Bldg., Shiba-Daimon, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Phone +81-3-5777-6730
Fax +81-3-5777-6735
Website www.e-squareinc.com
E-mail info@e-squareinc.com