Developments in Green, Social and Sustainability Bond Markets - Japan and Asia

09 Oct, 2019 - 23:45 @ Tokyo, Japan


The International Capital Market Association (ICMA) and the Japan Securities Dealers Association (JSDA) will hold their 3rd joint conference on Developments in Green, Social and Sustainability Bond Markets in Tokyo on October 9, 2019 following the remarkable scale and seniority of attendance at the 2018 event and the Japanese market’s strong growth.

The Asia-Pacific green bond market is growing faster than any other region (35% increase in issuance from 2017 to 2018) and has the most issuers (222) of any region. The Japanese market has been amongst the most dynamic, with issuance growing by around 66% to US$4bn equivalent in 2018. In the context of the vast scale and global importance of the Japanese bond market, growing Japanese activity in sustainable finance is attracting widespread attention. Also, many of the national governments in Asia-Pacific, including Japan, are innovators in sustainable finance policy and guidelines. The Japanese Ministry of the Environment’s guidance on green bonds and associated measures, including the knowledge sharing platform, present an advanced example of official support for the market. Among Asian regional bodies, The ASEAN Capital Markets Forum has adapted the Principles for regional purposes.

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