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Learning from Pollution Experience, Kitakyushu Now Promotes Sustainable Society in Asia

Aug 22, 2017

Newsletter

 

Learning from Pollution Experience, Kitakyushu Now Promotes Sustainable Society in Asia

Kitakyushu City is located at the northern end of the island of Kyushu on the ...

 
Convention Facility in Yokohama Reduces Electricity Costs by Generating Power from Waste

Aug 16, 2017

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Convention Facility in Yokohama Reduces Electricity Costs by Generating Power from Waste

Pacifico Convention Plaza Yokohama announced on March 27, 2017, that starting A...

 
Seikatsu Club: Japanese Cooperative Managed by Members' Will to Confront Social Problems

Aug 11, 2017

Newsletter

 

Seikatsu Club: Japanese Cooperative Managed by Members' Will to Confront Social Problems

Viewing the history of citizen-oriented businesses in Japan, we find they have...

 
Japan-CLP Supports Participation in International Business Initiatives

Aug 8, 2017

Corporate

 

Japan-CLP Supports Participation in International Business Initiatives

Japan Climate Leaders' Partnership (Japan-CLP) announced on April 25, 2017, the...

 
Kyoto Univ. Suggests New Theory to Support Biodiversity

Aug 4, 2017

Ecosystems / Biodiversity

 

Kyoto Univ. Suggests New Theory to Support Biodiversity

Dr. Kazuya Kobayashi, a junior associate professor at Field Science Education a...

 
Aiming to Build New Communities in Earthquake-Stricken Areas: Ishinomaki Jichiren's Initiatives

Jul 31, 2017

Newsletter

 

Aiming to Build New Communities in Earthquake-Stricken Areas: Ishinomaki Jichiren's Initiatives

Six years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011....

 
Bringing Shared Visions to Community Reconstruction

Jul 27, 2017

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Bringing Shared Visions to Community Reconstruction

The JKSK Yui-Yui Project, an initiative to support people in Japan affected by...

 
NEDO Releases First Web-Based Integrated Wind Information System 'NeoWins' for Supporting Offshore Wind Energy Development in Japan

Jul 24, 2017

Environmental Technology

 

NEDO Releases First Web-Based Integrated Wind Information System 'NeoWins' for Supporting Offshore Wind Energy Development in Japan

Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) re...

 
Selling Services, Not Products: 15 years of Efforts and Achievements by Nihonkai Gas

Jul 21, 2017

Newsletter

 

Selling Services, Not Products: 15 years of Efforts and Achievements by Nihonkai Gas

Efforts to shift to circular economies (regenerative economic systems) are acc...

 
Test to Stabilize Wind Power Output Using Compressed Air Energy Storage Gets Underway in Japan

Jul 19, 2017

Environmental Technology

 

Test to Stabilize Wind Power Output Using Compressed Air Energy Storage Gets Underway in Japan

A team of engineers from the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development O...

 
Mental and Emotional Healing of Disaster Survivors Left Behind

Jul 12, 2017

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Mental and Emotional Healing of Disaster Survivors Left Behind

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

 
Japan's Role in Addressing Healthcare, Welfare Issues in an Aging World

Jul 9, 2017

Aging Society

 

Japan's Role in Addressing Healthcare, Welfare Issues in an Aging World

As a global forerunner among aging societies, Japan is now experiencing many p...

 
Let's Enjoy Walking for the Benefits of Better Health -- Smart Wellness Point Project

Jun 30, 2017

Newsletter

 

Let's Enjoy Walking for the Benefits of Better Health -- Smart Wellness Point Project

Japan leads the world in terms of longevity. It is also the fastest aging coun...

 
Japan's Greenhouse Gas Emissions in FY2015 Fall to FY2010 Levels, Conservation and Renewables Cited as Contributors

Jun 28, 2017

Climate Change

 

Japan's Greenhouse Gas Emissions in FY2015 Fall to FY2010 Levels, Conservation and Renewables Cited as Contributors

The Japanese Ministry of the Environment announced on December 6, 2016, prelimi...

 
Newly-developed Electrode Material Promises to Boost Volume, Cut Costs of Hydrogen Production Using Renewable Energy

Jun 23, 2017

Environmental Technology

 

Newly-developed Electrode Material Promises to Boost Volume, Cut Costs of Hydrogen Production Using Renewable Energy

A research team from Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science...

 
'Share Village' Project in Japan Aims for a Million 'Villagers' to Preserve Traditional 'Kominka' Folk Houses and Culture

Jun 18, 2017

Civil Society / Local Issues

 

'Share Village' Project in Japan Aims for a Million 'Villagers' to Preserve Traditional 'Kominka' Folk Houses and Culture

The "Share Village" project has been ongoing in Japan since 2015, with the aim ...

 
Fewer People Think Continued GDP Growth Necessary or Possible -- Survey Results Released

Jun 15, 2017

Newsletter

 

Fewer People Think Continued GDP Growth Necessary or Possible -- Survey Results Released

Changes in technology are enabling our modes of living to be perceived visuall...

 
Japanese City Formulates Comprehensive Strategy to Promote Safe, Sustainable Hydrogen Use

Jun 11, 2017

Energy Policy

 

Japanese City Formulates Comprehensive Strategy to Promote Safe, Sustainable Hydrogen Use

The city of Kamisu in northeastern Japan's Ibaraki Prefecture announced on Mar...

 
Earthquake Disaster an Opportunity for Global Empathy

Jun 7, 2017

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Earthquake Disaster an Opportunity for Global Empathy

Tohoku Fukko Nikki (Tohoku Reconstruction Diary), a weekly column in the Tokyo...

 
The Zero-to-One Village Revitalization Movement in Chizu Town, Tottori Prefecture

May 31, 2017

Newsletter

 

The Zero-to-One Village Revitalization Movement in Chizu Town, Tottori Prefecture

A Japanese town often mentioned as a municipality making innovative efforts to...

 
Tokyo 2020 Game Medals to Be Produced Using Urban Mine

May 25, 2017

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Tokyo 2020 Game Medals to Be Produced Using Urban Mine

The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games announced on...

 
Takenaka Expands Users of Proprietary Wood Technology for Seismic Upgrades, Building Structural Components

May 19, 2017

Corporate

 

Takenaka Expands Users of Proprietary Wood Technology for Seismic Upgrades, Building Structural Components

Due to deregulation and efforts to revitalize Japan's domestic forestry indust...

 
Current Status of Renewable Energy in Japan

May 15, 2017

Newsletter

 

Current Status of Renewable Energy in Japan

In this issue of the JFS Newsletter, we show the current status of renewable e...

 
Japanese Institute Develops Environmental Impact Evaluation System for East Asia

May 13, 2017

Environmental Technology

 

Japanese Institute Develops Environmental Impact Evaluation System for East Asia

The National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan (NIES) announced on De...

 
High School Students Win Special Award for Developing Carbon-Offsetting Products

May 9, 2017

Climate Change

 

High School Students Win Special Award for Developing Carbon-Offsetting Products

The Nanyo Company Club of Nanyo Senior High School in Kyoto was awarded a Speci...

 
NEDO to Launch Demonstration Project for Energy-Saving Seawater Desalination Technology in South Africa

May 7, 2017

Water

 

NEDO to Launch Demonstration Project for Energy-Saving Seawater Desalination Technology in South Africa

The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) in Jap...

 
First Green Bonds Issued by TMG Sell Out on Same Day

May 4, 2017

Money

 

First Green Bonds Issued by TMG Sell Out on Same Day

Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) issued its first green bonds on November 24...

 
Supporting 'Good Companies' that Create Future Society

Apr 28, 2017

Newsletter

 

Supporting 'Good Companies' that Create Future Society

A variety of efforts have been made in Japan to generate money flows for build...

 
Japan Announces its Assistance Initiatives for Climate Action Plans in Developing Countries

Apr 25, 2017

Climate Change

 

Japan Announces its Assistance Initiatives for Climate Action Plans in Developing Countries

The Japanese Ministry of the Environment announced "Japan's Assistance Initiat...

 
Excellent Environmental and Social Practices by Junior High, High School Students in Japan

Apr 22, 2017

Newsletter

 

Excellent Environmental and Social Practices by Junior High, High School Students in Japan

The Faculty of Environmental Studies at Tokyo City University, where Junko Eda...

 
TMG Collaborates with Businesses to Support Parasports through Clothing Reuse Project

Apr 19, 2017

Diversity

 

TMG Collaborates with Businesses to Support Parasports through Clothing Reuse Project

With the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games on the horizon, various initi...

 
Efforts by Japanese Businesses to Achieve the SDGs

Apr 12, 2017

Newsletter

 

Efforts by Japanese Businesses to Achieve the SDGs

Camera guy. As a successor to the millennium development goals (MDGs) for 2015,...

 
Kobe City to Start Test Production of Biofuels from Coffee Grounds

Apr 8, 2017

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Kobe City to Start Test Production of Biofuels from Coffee Grounds

Kobe City, Starbucks Coffee Japan and Kindai University announced, on December ...

 
Tokyo Metropolitan Area Railways Operating Campaign for more Safe, Comfortable Trip

Apr 6, 2017

Transportation / Mobility

 

Tokyo Metropolitan Area Railways Operating Campaign for more Safe, Comfortable Trip

The railway businesses in the Tokyo metropolitan area including East Japan Rail...

 
Returnees in Tohoku, Japan, still Suffering after Evacuation Order Lifted

Apr 3, 2017

Nuclear Power

 

Returnees in Tohoku, Japan, still Suffering after Evacuation Order Lifted

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

 
Increase Revenues without Increasing Catches -- How the Sustainable Sakura Shrimp Fishery in Suruga Bay Does It

Mar 31, 2017

Newsletter

 

Increase Revenues without Increasing Catches -- How the Sustainable Sakura Shrimp Fishery in Suruga Bay Does It

We often hear on the news that fish catches are decreasing all over the world....

 
Aleph Certifies to ISO 50001, First in Japanese Restaurant Business

Mar 29, 2017

Corporate

 

Aleph Certifies to ISO 50001, First in Japanese Restaurant Business

Aleph Inc., a Japanese company that manages "Bikkuri Donkey" and other family r...

 
Poor Placement of Protected Areas May Result in Vicious Cycle Leading to Extinction

Mar 27, 2017

Ecosystems / Biodiversity

 

Poor Placement of Protected Areas May Result in Vicious Cycle Leading to Extinction

Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology announced on November 7, 2016, t...

 
Japan Aims to Become a Role Model for Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Mar 26, 2017

Policy / Systems

 

Japan Aims to Become a Role Model for Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Government of Japan announced on Dec. 22, 2016, its establishment of guide...

 
Investment to Help Disaster-affected Areas -- Initiative of Disaster Area Support Funds Initiative

Mar 24, 2017

Newsletter

 

Investment to Help Disaster-affected Areas -- Initiative of Disaster Area Support Funds Initiative

When you hear people talk about supporting areas stricken by earthquakes and o...

 
Sustainable Community Building by Residents: Kirari Yoshijima Network

Mar 12, 2017

Newsletter

 

Sustainable Community Building by Residents: Kirari Yoshijima Network

All 725 households in the Yoshijima District (with a population of about 2,500...

 
Oyako-Shokudo Also Satisfies People's Heart

Mar 7, 2017

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Oyako-Shokudo Also Satisfies People's Heart

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

 
Shibaura Institute of Technology Establishes Community Development Center in Collaboration with Local Companies

Mar 5, 2017

Education

 

Shibaura Institute of Technology Establishes Community Development Center in Collaboration with Local Companies

Shibaura Institute of Technology, a Japanese university based in Tokyo, announc...

 
Toward a Sustainable Society - Learning from Japan's Edo Period and Contributing from Asia to the World

Feb 28, 2017

Newsletter

 

Toward a Sustainable Society - Learning from Japan's Edo Period and Contributing from Asia to the World

Junko Edahiro, chief executive of Japan for Sustainability, delivered a keynot...

 
Nippon Foundation Social Innovation Forum: Supporting Social Innovators

Feb 22, 2017

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Nippon Foundation Social Innovation Forum: Supporting Social Innovators

The Nippon Foundation Social Innovation Forum 2016 was held from September 28 ...

 
Fair Trade Transforming into Ethical Consumption: Japan's Fair Trade Town Initiatives

Feb 18, 2017

Newsletter

 

Fair Trade Transforming into Ethical Consumption: Japan's Fair Trade Town Initiatives

The Fair Trade movement arose with the aim of resolving north-south disparitie...

 
Ajinomoto Co. Undertakes Work Reforms to Promote Workplace Diversity

Feb 15, 2017

Corporate

 

Ajinomoto Co. Undertakes Work Reforms to Promote Workplace Diversity

Japanese food manufacturer Ajinomoto Co., announced on May 12, 2016, that it ha...

 
Tokushima Prefecture's New Ordinance Sets Roadmap to Carbon-Free Society

Feb 12, 2017

Policy / Systems

 

Tokushima Prefecture's New Ordinance Sets Roadmap to Carbon-Free Society

Tokushima Prefecture announced on November 10, 2016, that it has adopted an ord...

 
Environmental Businesses Show Continued Strength in Economic Survey

Feb 9, 2017

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Environmental Businesses Show Continued Strength in Economic Survey

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

 
Young People at Japanese NPO Delve into Social Inequality Issues

Feb 5, 2017

Well-Being

 

Young People at Japanese NPO Delve into Social Inequality Issues

POSSE, a Japanese non-profit organization, was established in 2006 to address l...

 

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