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Japan's Depopulating Society: Population Concentration in Tokyo and the Disappearance of Local Municipalities (Part 2)

Jul 31, 2015

Newsletter

 

Japan's Depopulating Society: Population Concentration in Tokyo and the Disappearance of Local Municipalities (Part 2)

The previous issue of the JFS Newsletter introduced problems resulting from a ...

 
The Challenges Facing Full-Scale Renewable Energy Development and Expectations of Electricity System Reform (Part 1)

Jul 28, 2015

Renewable Energy

 

The Challenges Facing Full-Scale Renewable Energy Development and Expectations of Electricity System Reform (Part 1)

As each nation around the world makes preparations for reaching an internation...

 
Reconstruction of Communities in Fukushima to Reflect Japan's Future

Jul 25, 2015

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Reconstruction of Communities in Fukushima to Reflect Japan's Future

A weekly column called "Tohoku Reconstruction Diary" (Tohoku Fukko Nikki in Ja...

 
Chigasaki City Converts Residential Solar into Emissions Credits for Corporate Carbon Offsets

Jul 23, 2015

Renewable Energy

 

Chigasaki City Converts Residential Solar into Emissions Credits for Corporate Carbon Offsets

Chigasaki City in East Japan has been implementing the "Chigasaki Solar Energy ...

 
The Pursuit of Economic Growth Requires a Balance between 'Yin' and 'Yang'

Jul 20, 2015

Newsletter

 

The Pursuit of Economic Growth Requires a Balance between 'Yin' and 'Yang'

The Institute for Studies in Happiness, Economy and Society (ISHES), with JFS ...

 
City of Minamisoma Testing Power Generation Using Local Wood Waste to Make Switch from Nuclear to Renewables

Jul 18, 2015

Renewable Energy

 

City of Minamisoma Testing Power Generation Using Local Wood Waste to Make Switch from Nuclear to Renewables

A trial operation of mixed-material thermal power generation using wood biomass...

 
Japan's Depopulating Society: Population Concentration in Tokyo and the Disappearance of Local Municipalities (Part 1)

Jul 13, 2015

Newsletter

 

Japan's Depopulating Society: Population Concentration in Tokyo and the Disappearance of Local Municipalities (Part 1)

A report released in May 2014, the so-called "Masuda Report," made a big impac...

 
Japanese Company Pushes for Organizational and Social Reform

Jul 10, 2015

Corporate

 

Japanese Company Pushes for Organizational and Social Reform

A Japanese company called Change Agent, which drives human resource development...

 
Tokyo Gas Teaches Children Power and Benefits of Fire

Jul 3, 2015

Corporate

 

Tokyo Gas Teaches Children Power and Benefits of Fire

The number of children who have never handled fire has increased in recent year...

 
MOE Forecasts 33% Renewables by 2030, Nuclear Plants Not Prerequisite for Energy Mix

Jul 3, 2015

Renewable Energy

 

MOE Forecasts 33% Renewables by 2030, Nuclear Plants Not Prerequisite for Energy Mix

The Ministry of Environment (MOE) foresees that by implementing effective measu...

 
Illegal Logging Issues - Significance and Challenges: Pertinence of Forest Management Governance in Japan & Other Countries

Jun 30, 2015

Newsletter

 

Illegal Logging Issues - Significance and Challenges: Pertinence of Forest Management Governance in Japan & Other Countries

Ever since the global decrease in tropical forests became a matter of concern ...

 
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...

 

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