Japan is putting its might towards tackling water security issues by creating the Water Security Council of Japan (WSCJ), which was established on January 30th, 2009. Thirty-eight members of the governing council comprising leaders from politics, business and academia assembled in response to a call by H.E. Mr. Yoshiro Mori, former Prime Minister of Japan; Mr. Fujio Mitarai, Chairman of the Federation of Economic Organizations (Keidanren); and Mr. Norihito Tambo, Professor Emeritus at Hokkaido University.
WSCJ is being established as an organization under the banners of political leadership, public participation, and full cooperation between public and private sectors. It intends to assist the activities of "Team Water Japan" (TWJ), through which private companies, academic experts, government ministries, local governments and civil society are to collaborate beyond sectoral boundaries for the resolution of domestic as well as global water issues.
The multi-stakeholder WSCJ will report directly back to the Prime Minister offering concerted policy recommendations devised through discussions emanating from three Special Committees on: a) basic policy, b) technology and system, and c) cross-sectoral collaboration.
Action Teams have been launched and are set to work on the issues of finance, planning, health, infrastructure, agriculture, energy, environment, disaster management, water, and other water-related portfolios. WSCJ will compile policy recommendations from the three Special Committees by analyzing the issues and challenges raised by each Action Team. The recommendations are to focus on the need to protect and enhance sustainable water cycles both domestically and abroad, based on the experience and know-how that Japan has developed in this matter.