Envisioning a Greener Future: Japan-Houston-Texas Climate and Environmental Initiatives



Wednesday, December 7, 2022
5:00 p.m. Documentary screening
6:30 p.m. Reception
7 p.m. Round table

beyond zero is an award-winning documentary about the environmental journey of Ray C.Andersonfounder and former CEO of carpet trading company Interface, Inc. The film follows Anderson’s journey as he begins to understand the industry’s negative impact on the environment and the steps his company is taking to reverse this impact and fight against climate change.

A reception and a round table follow the screening of the documentary. Comprised of representatives from government, academia and the energy industry, the panel discusses the future of energy and the environment, particularly as they relate to Japan-Houston-Texas and the business world.

About the moderator

Frederick Hiroshi Katayama is a community leader, communicator and former multimedia journalist. He leads development as executive vice president of the Japan-American Council. Early in his journalism career, he won numerous awards for his business and general news coverage in print, television and digital media. As a presenter and producer at Reuters, he hosted a variety of TV and video shows ranging from global news to technology, business and personal investing. Earlier at CNN he reported for Moneyline news hour and anchored several shows, including Business Asia. As a reporter for Seattle’s CBS affiliate KIRO-TV, he covered the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995. He began his television news career in Tokyo for NHK, Business in Japan today. Previously, he wrote a column about new products at Fortune magazine in New York and covered Japan’s economic rise as a correspondent in Tokyo. He started his career at the Associated Press.

Outside of the newsroom, Katayama sits on the boards of the Japan Society and the Manjiro-Whitfield Center for International Exchange. He was a founding member of the American-Japan Council. A book written by his teacher, Columbia Professor Donald Keene, sparked his interest in Japan. He graduated magna cum laude with a BA in East Asian Languages ​​and Cultures from Columbia College and earned his master’s degree as an East Asian Fellow at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. He and several others co-wrote the book, Japan: A Living Portrait (Kodansha International).

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