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Minamisoma Releases Non-Nuclear Power Declaration, Targeting 64% Self-Supplied Power by 2020

Jun 27, 2015

Renewable Energy

 

Minamisoma Releases Non-Nuclear Power Declaration, Targeting 64% Self-Supplied Power by 2020

Minamisoma City in Fukushima Prefecture became the first city in Japan to rele...

 
Fukushima Solar and Agriculture Experience Association to Foster Next Generation of Reconstruction Leaders

Jun 25, 2015

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Fukushima Solar and Agriculture Experience Association to Foster Next Generation of Reconstruction Leaders

The Fukushima Solar and Agriculture Experience Association won an award for uti...

 
Economic Survey Shows Promising Outlook for Environmental Businesses in Japan

Jun 22, 2015

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Economic Survey Shows Promising Outlook for Environmental Businesses in Japan

According to a survey of Japanese private companies holding 20 million yen or ...

 
Shibuya City First in Japan to Recognize Same-Sex Partnerships

Jun 20, 2015

Diversity

 

Shibuya City First in Japan to Recognize Same-Sex Partnerships

Tokyo's Shibuya City enacted an ordinance on April 1, 2015, which is being call...

 
Abundance at Lake Saroma, Japan: Saroma Fishery Cooperative Practices Socialism within a Capitalist System (Part 2)

Jun 17, 2015

Newsletter

 

Abundance at Lake Saroma, Japan: Saroma Fishery Cooperative Practices Socialism within a Capitalist System (Part 2)

In last month's issue of the JFS Newsletter, we introduced the first half of a...

 
'I'm Doing What I Can': Citizen Actions for Reconstruction

Jun 14, 2015

Disaster Reconstruction

 

'I'm Doing What I Can': Citizen Actions for Reconstruction

Tohoku Fukko Nikki (Tohoku Reconstruction Diary), a weekly article in the Toky...

 
DBJ Launches Green Building Certification for Residential Developments

Jun 12, 2015

Corporate

 

DBJ Launches Green Building Certification for Residential Developments

The Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) announced on January 27, 2015, that it had ...

 
JFS's Local Responsible Consumers Study Meetings

Jun 9, 2015

Newsletter

 

JFS's Local Responsible Consumers Study Meetings

Japan for Sustainability (JFS) has held seven study sessions titled "Local Res...

 
Japanese Corporate Network Calls for More Ambitious GHG Reduction Target

Jun 6, 2015

Energy Policy

 

Japanese Corporate Network Calls for More Ambitious GHG Reduction Target

Japan Climate Leaders' Partnership (Japan-CLP), a Japanese corporate network t...

 
Student NPO Making Social Contributions in Japan and Bangladesh with To2Bag Project

Jun 1, 2015

Civil Society / Local Issues

 

Student NPO Making Social Contributions in Japan and Bangladesh with To2Bag Project

The Japanese concept of "kawaii" -- meaning lovable, cute, or adorable -- has ...

 
Developing Rural Community-Based Economies to Preserve Prosperous Villages for Future Generations

May 29, 2015

Newsletter

 

Developing Rural Community-Based Economies to Preserve Prosperous Villages for Future Generations

On February 9, 2015, Japan for Sustainability (JFS) held a symposium on the th...

 
Cabinet of Japan Decide to Make Full Use of Rainwater in Newly Constructed Buildings

May 25, 2015

Water

 

Cabinet of Japan Decide to Make Full Use of Rainwater in Newly Constructed Buildings

On March 10, 2015, the Cabinet of Japan approved the wider usage of rainwater h...

 
Current Status of Renewable Energy in Japan

May 25, 2015

Renewable Energy

 

Current Status of Renewable Energy in Japan

Japan's feed-in-tariff (FIT) scheme for utilities to purchase electricity from r...

 
Abundance at Lake Saroma, Japan: Saroma Fishery Cooperative Practices Socialism within a Capitalist System (Part 1)

May 20, 2015

Newsletter

 

Abundance at Lake Saroma, Japan: Saroma Fishery Cooperative Practices Socialism within a Capitalist System (Part 1)

The "transition town" movement from the United Kingdom and local energy projec...

 
Dreams for 1,000 Years Declared by JCC2015 at Civil Society Global Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

May 18, 2015

Resilience

 

Dreams for 1,000 Years Declared by JCC2015 at Civil Society Global Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

The Japan Civil Society Organizations Coalition 2015 WCDRR (JCC2015) delivered ...

 
Simulated Experience of Managing an Evacuation Center

May 16, 2015

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Simulated Experience of Managing an Evacuation Center

The JKSK Yui-Yui Project, an initiative to support people in Japan who were af...

 

May 13, 2015

Newsletter

 

"Rooftop Leasing" Photovoltaic Generation Spreading across Japan

On the initiative of local governments in Japan, photovoltaic generation busin...

 
Giant Coastal Levees-- Let's Talk

May 10, 2015

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Giant Coastal Levees-- Let's Talk

Tohoku Fukko Nikki (Tohoku Reconstruction Diary) is a weekly article which appe...

 
Asahi Breweries Education Program Wins Ministerial Award

May 5, 2015

Corporate

 

Asahi Breweries Education Program Wins Ministerial Award

Asahi Breweries, Ltd., a major Japanese brewer, announced on January 13, 2015, ...

 
Fujitsu Tests App for Young Parents Using Linked Open Data System

Apr 27, 2015

Corporate

 

Fujitsu Tests App for Young Parents Using Linked Open Data System

Fujitsu Ltd., a major Japanese information technology equipment and services pr...

 
Nara City Enacts Child-Friendly City Ordinance

Apr 24, 2015

Education

 

Nara City Enacts Child-Friendly City Ordinance

Nara City in Nara Prefecture established the Child-friendly City Development O...

 
Japan's

Apr 20, 2015

Newsletter

 

Japan's "FutureCity" Initiative: Fourth-Year Update

In recent years, individuals, organizations, and governments around the world h...

 
Patagonia Japan Launches Dam Removal Campaign with Documentary Screening

Apr 17, 2015

Corporate

 

Patagonia Japan Launches Dam Removal Campaign with Documentary Screening

The Patagonia Japan, subsidiary of the outdoor clothing manufacturer and retail...

 
Shimokawa Town, Hokkaido: Establishing an Energy-Sustainable Small Town Management Model with Local Forest Resources (Part 1)

Apr 13, 2015

Newsletter

 

Shimokawa Town, Hokkaido: Establishing an Energy-Sustainable Small Town Management Model with Local Forest Resources (Part 1)

Japan for Sustainability (JFS) worked on its Local Well-Being Project since Ap...

 
Tokyo Plans to Increase Renewable Energy Ratio to 20% by 2024

Apr 10, 2015

Renewable Energy

 

Tokyo Plans to Increase Renewable Energy Ratio to 20% by 2024

The Tokyo Metropolitan area consumes huge amounts of electricity and energy to...

 
Fukushima Cotton's Appeal

Apr 5, 2015

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Fukushima Cotton's Appeal

Tohoku Fukko Nikki (Tohoku Reconstruction Diary) is a weekly article which app...

 
Nippon Paper Group's Green Action Plan to Focus on Effectiveness

Apr 3, 2015

Corporate

 

Nippon Paper Group's Green Action Plan to Focus on Effectiveness

Nippon Paper Group, Inc. of Japan established the Charter on the Environment ce...

 
New Dining Style: Salvage Party Refashions Leftovers into Delicious Dishes

Mar 31, 2015

Newsletter

 

New Dining Style: Salvage Party Refashions Leftovers into Delicious Dishes

Salvage Parties or "Salpa" have been attracting attention in Japan. At a Salpa...

 
Kobe City Releases Documentary Photos of Great Hanshin Earthquake

Mar 29, 2015

Disaster Prevention / Reduction

 

Kobe City Releases Documentary Photos of Great Hanshin Earthquake

Kobe City, the capital of Hyogo Prefecture in western Japan, released on Decemb...

 
NEC Develops Software for Storage Batteries, Helping to Improve Next-generation Power Systems

Mar 27, 2015

Corporate

 

NEC Develops Software for Storage Batteries, Helping to Improve Next-generation Power Systems

NEC Corp., a leading Japanese electronics company, announced on November 13, 20...

 
MOE Publishes Cases of Water Footprint Calculations to Visualize Water Use

Mar 22, 2015

Water

 

MOE Publishes Cases of Water Footprint Calculations to Visualize Water Use

The water we see in daily life is only a small part of the water cycle. A wate...

 
FutureCity Initiative Holds International Forum Overseas for First Time

Mar 20, 2015

Policy / Systems

 

FutureCity Initiative Holds International Forum Overseas for First Time

Japan's Cabinet Office and Cabinet Secretariat held its FutureCity Initiative I...

 
Everyday Shopping Can Promote Local Economies, Says JFS Survey

Mar 17, 2015

Newsletter

 

Everyday Shopping Can Promote Local Economies, Says JFS Survey

There was a shocking prediction that made headlines all over Japan in May 2014...

 
Kyoto Tackles Mission of Becoming World-Class Bike-Friendly City

Mar 15, 2015

Transportation / Mobility

 

Kyoto Tackles Mission of Becoming World-Class Bike-Friendly City

Kyoto City released on December 10, 2014, the draft version of a revised compre...

 
Nagano Becomes 70% Energy Self-Sufficient, Targeting Future Happiness

Mar 12, 2015

Renewable Energy

 

Nagano Becomes 70% Energy Self-Sufficient, Targeting Future Happiness

Nagano Prefecture of Japan announced in November 2014 that the power generatio...

 
Development of Cosmetics -- Toward Abolishment of Animal Testing

Mar 9, 2015

Newsletter

 

Development of Cosmetics -- Toward Abolishment of Animal Testing

Did you know that animal testing is conducted as part of cosmetics development...

 
Non-profit Group Providing Emotional Support to 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake Survivors

Mar 6, 2015

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Non-profit Group Providing Emotional Support to 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake Survivors

Tohoku Fukko Nikki (Tohoku Reconstruction Diary) is a weekly article published...

 
FutureCity International Forum Held in Higashimatsushima

Mar 4, 2015

Policy / Systems

 

FutureCity International Forum Held in Higashimatsushima

Japan's Cabinet Office and Cabinet Secretariat held the Fourth "FutureCity" Ini...

 
Global Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction for Civil Society: Recognizing the Role of Citizens

Feb 27, 2015

Newsletter

 

Global Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction for Civil Society: Recognizing the Role of Citizens

The United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) will b...

 
Fact or Fiction: Does Economic Growth Alleviate Joblessness and Poverty?

Feb 24, 2015

Steady-State Economy

 

Fact or Fiction: Does Economic Growth Alleviate Joblessness and Poverty?

Approximately 80% of Japanese people think that continued GDP growth is necess...

 
Japanese Organic Produce Supplier Wins 2014 Award of Excellence from Food Action Nippon

Feb 22, 2015

Corporate

 

Japanese Organic Produce Supplier Wins 2014 Award of Excellence from Food Action Nippon

Daichi wo Mamoru Kai Co. (lit. "Association to Preserve the Earth"), an organic...

 
Crowdfunding in Japan

Feb 19, 2015

Money

 

Crowdfunding in Japan

Awareness of crowdfunding in Japan, while still low, is gradually spreading. I...

 
Current Status of SRI and Related Issues as It Expands in Japan

Feb 16, 2015

Newsletter

 

Current Status of SRI and Related Issues as It Expands in Japan

The Global Sustainable Investment Review 2012 issued by the Global Sustainable...

 
Japanese Railway Company Releases 2014 CSR Report 2014 Introducing Focused Efforts to Save and Generate Energy

Feb 14, 2015

Corporate

 

Japanese Railway Company Releases 2014 CSR Report 2014 Introducing Focused Efforts to Save and Generate Energy

East Japan Railway Company (JR East Group) released its 2014 CSR Report on Sept...

 
The Correlation Between the Sense of Well-Being and the Labor Market in Japan

Feb 7, 2015

Newsletter

 

The Correlation Between the Sense of Well-Being and the Labor Market in Japan

An interesting discussion on the characteristics of the Japanese people's subj...

 
What High School Students Can Do

Feb 4, 2015

Disaster Reconstruction

 

What High School Students Can Do

Tohoku Fukko Nikki (Tohoku Reconstruction Diary) is a weekly article in an eas...

 
Kawasaki City and Toshiba to Jointly Demonstrate Renewables and Hydrogen-Based Off-Grid Energy Supply System

Feb 2, 2015

Corporate

 

Kawasaki City and Toshiba to Jointly Demonstrate Renewables and Hydrogen-Based Off-Grid Energy Supply System

Kawasaki City, Japan, announced on November 13, 2014, that it signed an agreeme...

 
The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development: Achievements and Prospects from the Perspective of Citizens' Initiatives in Japan

Jan 30, 2015

Newsletter

 

The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development: Achievements and Prospects from the Perspective of Citizens' Initiatives in Japan

The year 2015 has now begun. The decade starting from 2005 was designated by t...

 
Growing ESG Investment Leading to Transformation of Japanese Companies

Jan 28, 2015

CSR

 

Growing ESG Investment Leading to Transformation of Japanese Companies

The environment surrounding the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) activiti...

 

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