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Yuito Yamada


Serves as Asia’s coleader and Japan’s leader for McKinsey Sustainability—the firm’s global client service platform to help all industry sectors achieve net zero emissions by 2050—and leads the Chemicals and Agriculture Practices in Japan

Yuito serves companies on the topics of sustainability transformation, portfolio decarbonization, and green business globalization, supporting the firm’s global energy and materials work—covering organizations in the power, chemicals, materials, and agriculture sectors—the Financial Services Practice—serving the world’s largest financial institutions on sustainability topics—and the Public & Social Sector Practice.

Examples of Yuito’s recent work include the following:

  • leading country decarbonization pathways in Asia, developing Japan’s roadmap toward its 2030 decarbonization goal of a 26 percent reduction from 2013 levels; the roadmap was supported by industry associations and set the stage for the target rising to a 46 percent reduction
  • developing climate risk strategies in Asia, working with multilateral organizations across Asia to build awareness, convene decision makers, and propose solutions to mitigate climate risk exposure
  • leading sustainable recovery from COVID-19 in Japan, guiding the development of the country’s grand design for achieving sustainable agriculture in the wake of the pandemic, enabling farmers to sell directly to consumers and earning the partnership of Japan’s largest agriculture financial institutions

Published work

The future of chemicals in Japan: Shifting toward global specialties,” McKinsey & Company, April 2023

The heat is on: How public-sector leaders could drive net-zero goals,” McKinsey & Company, October 2022

Banking on growth: Ensuring the future prosperity of Japan,” McKinsey & Company, August 2022 (Article contributed)

How Japan could reach carbon neutrality by 2050,” McKinsey & Company, August 2021

From principle to practice: Making stakeholder capitalism work,” McKinsey & Company, April 2021

Charting a path from the shuchu kiyaku to ESG for Japanese companies,” McKinsey & Company, March 2021

Climate risk and response in Asia,” McKinsey Global Institute, November 2020

The case for stakeholder capitalism,” McKinsey & Company, November 2020

Climate risk and response in Asia: Research preview,” McKinsey & Company, August 2020

Meeting Japan's Paris Agreement Targets - More Opportunities than costs,” McKinsey & Company, March 2020

Building a food security strategy for Japan in an age of global competition,” McKinsey & Company, December 2017

Strengthening Japanese agriculture to maximize global reach,” McKinsey & Company, October 2016


Cambridge University
Masters in Sustainability Leadership

Keio University
BA, economics