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What are the Secrets to a Long, Healthy Life? From Japan's Longest-Lived Prefecture, Nagano

Sep 30, 2016

Newsletter

 

What are the Secrets to a Long, Healthy Life? From Japan's Longest-Lived Prefecture, Nagano

Building a society with a healthy lifestyle, where even the elderly can lead ac...

 
Offshore Wind Farms Installed Soon in Japan Sea, while Geothermal, Biomass Rise in Akita

Sep 26, 2016

Renewable Energy

 

Offshore Wind Farms Installed Soon in Japan Sea, while Geothermal, Biomass Rise in Akita

Projects are underway to construct offshore wind farms at three sites off the ...

 
Innovative 'Hometown Tax' Donation Program Supports Municipalities

Sep 19, 2016

Newsletter

 

Innovative 'Hometown Tax' Donation Program Supports Municipalities

Japan has a program in which Japanese citizens living anywhere can donate mone...

 
Sharing Values of Food Self-Sufficiency to Answer Unfavorable Rumors

Sep 14, 2016

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Sharing Values of Food Self-Sufficiency to Answer Unfavorable Rumors

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

 
Community Building through Local Money Circulation Analysis -- The Case of Minamata, Japan

Sep 11, 2016

Newsletter

 

Community Building through Local Money Circulation Analysis -- The Case of Minamata, Japan

Overcoming a Shrinking Local Economy The ability to make local economies more ...

 
Survey Shows More than 60% of Japanese Workers Want to Give Higher Priority to Personal Lives

Sep 8, 2016

Well-Being

 

Survey Shows More than 60% of Japanese Workers Want to Give Higher Priority to Personal Lives

The Research Institute for Advancement of Living Standards in Japan released it...

 
Renewable Energy on the Rise in Japan: 100 Self-sufficient Municipalities, Oita Largest Prefectural Supplier by Self-sufficiency Ratio

Sep 4, 2016

Renewable Energy

 

Renewable Energy on the Rise in Japan: 100 Self-sufficient Municipalities, Oita Largest Prefectural Supplier by Self-sufficiency Ratio

As more renewable sources are added to the electricity grid in Japan, the rati...

 
Making Olympic Gold Medals from 'Urban Mine' Sources

Aug 31, 2016

Newsletter

 

Making Olympic Gold Medals from 'Urban Mine' Sources

We reported in the June 2016 JFS Newsletter that the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Pa...

 
Japan's Environment Ministry Announces Proposals for Reducing GHG Emissions

Aug 26, 2016

Energy Policy

 

Japan's Environment Ministry Announces Proposals for Reducing GHG Emissions

The Ministry of Environment (MOE) of Japan announced on February 28, 2016, a p...

 
Railway Station to Set Industry Precedent by Procuring Power from Solar and Hydrogen

Aug 21, 2016

Environmental Technology

 

Railway Station to Set Industry Precedent by Procuring Power from Solar and Hydrogen

Hydrogen as an energy source has been gathering increasing attention. In sprin...

 
Auto Sales Industry Cooperates to Tackle Social Responsibility: Examples from Yamagata, Japan

Aug 14, 2016

Newsletter

 

Auto Sales Industry Cooperates to Tackle Social Responsibility: Examples from Yamagata, Japan

Cars are a necessity of life for people who live outside of major cities. At t...

 
Japan's New Energy Strategies: Long-Term Initiatives toward 2030 and 2050 to be Conducted by Ministries

Aug 11, 2016

Energy Policy

 

Japan's New Energy Strategies: Long-Term Initiatives toward 2030 and 2050 to be Conducted by Ministries

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Cabinet Office of J...

 
Nippon Paper Wins Excellence Prize at Japan's Environmental Communication Awards for Biodiversity Reporting

Aug 6, 2016

Corporate

 

Nippon Paper Wins Excellence Prize at Japan's Environmental Communication Awards for Biodiversity Reporting

Nippon Paper Industries Co., a major paper manufacturer in Japan, announced on ...

 
Demonstration of Japan's Hydrogen Energy Project at 2020 Olympics in Tokyo to Show Future of Low-Carbon Communities

Aug 3, 2016

Environmental Technology

 

Demonstration of Japan's Hydrogen Energy Project at 2020 Olympics in Tokyo to Show Future of Low-Carbon Communities

The Japanese government is promoting technological development to emphasize th...

 
Marginal Community, Urban Citizens, College Students Collaborate for Kodomo-Shokudo Project

Jul 29, 2016

Newsletter

 

Marginal Community, Urban Citizens, College Students Collaborate for Kodomo-Shokudo Project

It has been just over a year since I started the Edahiro Laboratory, working w...

 
Fukushima Renewable Future Fund Established to Build Brighter Future

Jul 27, 2016

Renewable Energy

 

Fukushima Renewable Future Fund Established to Build Brighter Future

The Fukushima Renewable Future Fund was established on February 4, 2016, to ser...

 
Agricultural Products as Another Pillar

Jul 23, 2016

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Agricultural Products as Another Pillar

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

 
Aiming for Sustainable Tokyo Olympic, Paralympic Games

Jul 19, 2016

Newsletter

 

Aiming for Sustainable Tokyo Olympic, Paralympic Games

Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Paralympics Tokyo will be hosting the 2020 Olympic and Pa...

 
Marché Events Held to Promote Effective Geothermal Power Use

Jul 16, 2016

Renewable Energy

 

Marché Events Held to Promote Effective Geothermal Power Use

A Japanese committee called the Chinetsu Marché Executive Committee held the Ch...

 
Initiative by Kuradashi.jp Cuts Food Waste in Japan and Saves Money

Jul 7, 2016

Newsletter

 

Initiative by Kuradashi.jp Cuts Food Waste in Japan and Saves Money

An estimated 6.42 million tons of food loss and waste is generated annually in...

 
Japanese NPO launches

Jul 4, 2016

Ecosystems / Biodiversity

 

Japanese NPO launches "Encyclopedia of Life" Project to Protect the Forest

The organizing committee of Inochi no Mori (Forest of Life), an environmental i...

 
Tohoku and the World: 5 Years Since The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Jun 30, 2016

Newsletter

 

Tohoku and the World: 5 Years Since The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Starting in August 2015, JFS has been organizing meetup events to discuss sust...

 
Tree Planting Initiative in Disaster-Affected Town

Jun 27, 2016

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Tree Planting Initiative in Disaster-Affected Town

On March 6, 2016, nearly five years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, the...

 
The Story of Japan's First Citizen-Funded Wind Power Plant: The Path to Success

Jun 23, 2016

Newsletter

 

The Story of Japan's First Citizen-Funded Wind Power Plant: The Path to Success

After working for a municipality and a consumers' co-op, Toru Suzuki started a...

 
Organic Itabashi Cotton Makes Full Circle Back to Hirono Town as Part of Disaster Reconstruction Efforts

Jun 16, 2016

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Organic Itabashi Cotton Makes Full Circle Back to Hirono Town as Part of Disaster Reconstruction Efforts

The Tohoku Fukko Nikki (Tohoku Reconstruction Diary) is an article series in t...

 
Toward a Sustainable Society and Economy -- Green Purchasing Network Celebrating 20th Anniversary

Jun 13, 2016

Newsletter

 

Toward a Sustainable Society and Economy -- Green Purchasing Network Celebrating 20th Anniversary

The Green Purchasing Network (GPN), an organization comprising entities that p...

 
Discovery of Coastal Niño Phenomenon May Increase Accuracy of Climate Change Projections

Jun 10, 2016

Environmental Technology

 

Discovery of Coastal Niño Phenomenon May Increase Accuracy of Climate Change Projections

The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) announced on...

 
Mitsui Chemicals Tohcello Wins Minister's Award at 3rd Mottainai Awards for Food-Packaging Film

Jun 5, 2016

Corporate

 

Mitsui Chemicals Tohcello Wins Minister's Award at 3rd Mottainai Awards for Food-Packaging Film

The Japan Organics Recycling Association announced on February 18, 2016, the re...

 
Sustainable Fishery Catches Only 30% of Fish Entering Net -- Etchu-type Set Net Fishing in Himi

May 31, 2016

Newsletter

 

Sustainable Fishery Catches Only 30% of Fish Entering Net -- Etchu-type Set Net Fishing in Himi

Japanese and Fisheries The depletion of fishery resources and collapse of fish...

 
Five Years since Fukushima Nuclear Accident - Conveying Sympathy

May 28, 2016

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Five Years since Fukushima Nuclear Accident - Conveying Sympathy

Five years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake hit Japan. A camp...

 
Efforts Underway to Popularize the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Japan

May 26, 2016

Policy / Systems

 

Efforts Underway to Popularize the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Japan

The United Nations (UN) Information Centre of Japan announced on March 2, 2016,...

 
Passing on the Wishes for Peace Embodied in Paper Cranes

May 23, 2016

NGO / Citizen

 

Passing on the Wishes for Peace Embodied in Paper Cranes

More than 70 years have passed since an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. ...

 
Once Desolate, Now Attracting Attention as a Successful Farming Village: Kawakami, Nagano Prefecture

May 20, 2016

Newsletter

 

Once Desolate, Now Attracting Attention as a Successful Farming Village: Kawakami, Nagano Prefecture

Kawakami in the Minamisaku district of Nagano Prefecture in central Japan is a...

 
Utilizing Typhoon Power to Generate Electricity with Magnus Effect-Based Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines

May 14, 2016

Environmental Technology

 

Utilizing Typhoon Power to Generate Electricity with Magnus Effect-Based Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines

Initiatives are underway to accelerate the spread of wind power in Japan by de...

 
Learning from the Past: Traditional Flood Control Systems in Japan's Kofu Basin

May 11, 2016

Newsletter

 

Learning from the Past: Traditional Flood Control Systems in Japan's Kofu Basin

Incidents of heavy rains and floods are increasing around the world as the imp...

 
Local Governments in Japan are Entering Power Retail Business as Country Shifts to Locally Produced Renewable Energy

May 5, 2016

Civil Society / Local Issues

 

Local Governments in Japan are Entering Power Retail Business as Country Shifts to Locally Produced Renewable Energy

A new movement is spreading across Japan that could change the country's exist...

 
'Community Car Sharing' Supports the Bond of Mutual Aid

Apr 28, 2016

Newsletter

 

'Community Car Sharing' Supports the Bond of Mutual Aid

Even before the disaster, Japan's Tohoku (northeastern) region had many areas ...

 
Miyama City Smart Community Wins 2015 Good Design Gold Award

Apr 25, 2016

Energy Policy

 

Miyama City Smart Community Wins 2015 Good Design Gold Award

Miyama City, Fukuoka Prefecture, announced on October 30, 2015, that its MIYAMA...

 
Kodomo-Shokudo Project to Provide Children with a Warm Meal and Place to Visit

Apr 21, 2016

Newsletter

 

Kodomo-Shokudo Project to Provide Children with a Warm Meal and Place to Visit

There are many initiatives providing food to people in need in both developing...

 
LIXIL, Fuji Xerox Win 2015 Energy Conservation Awards

Apr 17, 2016

Energy Conservation

 

LIXIL, Fuji Xerox Win 2015 Energy Conservation Awards

The Energy Conservation Center, Japan, announced on January 19, 2016, the winne...

 
Message from Women in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake

Apr 14, 2016

Newsletter

 

Message from Women in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake

Five years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake. What thoughts do...

 
Tour Company Provides Immersive Learning Experience in Disaster-hit Areas

Apr 11, 2016

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Tour Company Provides Immersive Learning Experience in Disaster-hit Areas

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

 
Cooperation Helps People Reach Goals -- Lessons Learned from Ecocon

Apr 7, 2016

Education

 

Cooperation Helps People Reach Goals -- Lessons Learned from Ecocon

The national college environmental activity contest, called Ecocon, has been h...

 
Takenaka's Multiple Power Source Control System Promises to Improve Efficiency, Reduce CO2 Emissions

Apr 4, 2016

Energy Conservation

 

Takenaka's Multiple Power Source Control System Promises to Improve Efficiency, Reduce CO2 Emissions

Takenaka Corp., a leading Japanese construction company, announced September 25...

 
Report from Fukushima: Five Years after the Great East Japan Earthquake

Mar 31, 2016

Newsletter

 

Report from Fukushima: Five Years after the Great East Japan Earthquake

On March 11, 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake caused massive devastation ...

 
Thailand to Produce Biofuel Using Japanese Biotechnology

Mar 25, 2016

Environmental Technology

 

Thailand to Produce Biofuel Using Japanese Biotechnology

Biotechnologies from Japanese companies will play an important role in Thailan...

 
Researcher Succeed in Generating Electricity Using Ammonia-Fired Gas Turbine: One Step Closer to Hydrogen Power

Mar 20, 2016

Environmental Technology

 

Researcher Succeed in Generating Electricity Using Ammonia-Fired Gas Turbine: One Step Closer to Hydrogen Power

Researchers recently announced that they have successfully generated 41.8 kilo...

 
Future Vision of Economic Growth and Sustainable Society

Mar 16, 2016

Newsletter

 

Future Vision of Economic Growth and Sustainable Society

Mariko Kawaguchi, chief researcher at Daiwa Institute of Research, Ltd., analy...

 
Takanabe Town's Challenge: Crowdfunding Public Light Art

Mar 13, 2016

Civil Society / Local Issues

 

Takanabe Town's Challenge: Crowdfunding Public Light Art

A community council of Takanabe, Miyazaki Prefecture, has taken on the challeng...

 
Escape Road Construction Petition Submitted to Diet

Mar 10, 2016

Disaster Prevention / Reduction

 

Escape Road Construction Petition Submitted to Diet

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

 

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