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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...

 
Interview: Corporate 'Virtue'-based Evaluation System Helps Employees Grow

Jan 31, 2017

Newsletter

 

Interview: Corporate 'Virtue'-based Evaluation System Helps Employees Grow

Introduction The June 2015 JFS Newsletter (The Pursuit of Economic Growth Requ...

 
Environmental Consciousness Needed in Japan's Reconstruction

Jan 29, 2017

Ecosystems / Biodiversity

 

Environmental Consciousness Needed in Japan's Reconstruction

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

 
Takenaka Corp. Testing Urban Flood Risk Reduction Technology Using Planted Spaces

Jan 26, 2017

Corporate

 

Takenaka Corp. Testing Urban Flood Risk Reduction Technology Using Planted Spaces

Takenaka Corporation, a leading Japanese construction company, announced on Aug...

 
Patagonia Provisions Aims to Repair the Food Chain

Jan 23, 2017

Corporate

 

Patagonia Provisions Aims to Repair the Food Chain

Patagonia Japan Branch of a global manufacturer of outdoor clothing and goods b...

 
Citizen Science: How Anyone Can Be Involved in Solving Environmental and Social Issues

Jan 19, 2017

Newsletter

 

Citizen Science: How Anyone Can Be Involved in Solving Environmental and Social Issues

There are various environmental and social issues, the solutions to which requ...

 
Detailed Plans Begin in Fukushima on World's Largest (Carbon-Free) Hydrogen Energy Infrastructure Project

Jan 15, 2017

Environmental Technology

 

Detailed Plans Begin in Fukushima on World's Largest (Carbon-Free) Hydrogen Energy Infrastructure Project

The Government of Japan is promoting the "Fukushima Concept for a New Energy S...

 
Newly Discovered Aqueous Electrolyte Expected to Lead to Safe, Low-Cost Li-ion Battery

Jan 9, 2017

Environmental Technology

 

Newly Discovered Aqueous Electrolyte Expected to Lead to Safe, Low-Cost Li-ion Battery

A research team at the University of Tokyo has discovered a promising lithium-...

 
About 40% of Largest Japanese Businesses Mention SDGs in CSR Reports

Jan 3, 2017

Corporate

 

About 40% of Largest Japanese Businesses Mention SDGs in CSR Reports

According to a recent survey on Japanese companies' initiatives to work toward ...

 
Disaster-Affected Ishinomaki -- Present Status (Part 2)

Dec 29, 2016

Newsletter

 

Disaster-Affected Ishinomaki -- Present Status (Part 2)

In the November 2016 issue of the JFS Newsletter, we reported on the situation...

 
Developing Quality Wood Products with Cedar from Fukushima Disaster-Affected Area

Dec 26, 2016

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Developing Quality Wood Products with Cedar from Fukushima Disaster-Affected Area

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

 
Disaster-Affected Ishinomaki -- Present Status (Part 1)

Dec 23, 2016

Newsletter

 

Disaster-Affected Ishinomaki -- Present Status (Part 1)

Nearly five and a half years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake...

 
Fujitsu ICT Contributes to Approximately 40 Million-Ton Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Dec 19, 2016

Corporate

 

Fujitsu ICT Contributes to Approximately 40 Million-Ton Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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

 
Harnessing Fluctuations in Ambient Humidity Enables Semipermanent Actuator Operation

Dec 16, 2016

Environmental Technology

 

Harnessing Fluctuations in Ambient Humidity Enables Semipermanent Actuator Operation

A research group, made up of researchers from RIKEN (Japan's comprehensive sci...

 
Renewable  Energy Hopes and Hurdles Amid Full Liberalization of Japan's Electricity Market

Dec 13, 2016

Newsletter

 

Renewable Energy Hopes and Hurdles Amid Full Liberalization of Japan's Electricity Market

In April 2016, Japan woke up to a fully liberalized electricity market. All co...

 

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