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Hamamatsu City Making Strides toward Energy Self-Sufficient Smart City

Dec 10, 2016

Civil Society / Local Issues

 

Hamamatsu City Making Strides toward Energy Self-Sufficient Smart City

Hamamatsu, a city in Shizuoka Prefecture that has been actively working to ach...

 
Poor Sanitation Costs Global Economy 223 Billion Dollars

Dec 7, 2016

Corporate

 

Poor Sanitation Costs Global Economy 223 Billion Dollars

LIXIL Group, a global leader in housing and building materials products and ser...

 
Survey Shows 1 in 3 People Value Socially Conscious Products that Exceed Legal Compliance

Dec 4, 2016

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Survey Shows 1 in 3 People Value Socially Conscious Products that Exceed Legal Compliance

A questionnaire survey conducted in March 2016 shows that more than one in thr...

 
Food Bank Kansai --- Providing Surplus Food to Those in Need

Nov 30, 2016

Newsletter

 

Food Bank Kansai --- Providing Surplus Food to Those in Need

In Japan, five to eight million tons of food products are disposed of annually...

 
Majority of Japanese Elderly Not Saved Enough for Retirement, More than Double U.S.

Nov 27, 2016

Money

 

Majority of Japanese Elderly Not Saved Enough for Retirement, More than Double U.S.

The Japanese Cabinet Office released the Annual Report on the Aging Society 201...

 
Fukushima Evacuees Still Unable to Go Home Over 5 Years after Earthquake, Nuclear Accident

Nov 24, 2016

Newsletter

 

Fukushima Evacuees Still Unable to Go Home Over 5 Years after Earthquake, Nuclear Accident

Duff Figgy Some Rights Reserved. Over five-and-a-half years have passed since ...

 
Community Built at Evacuation Shelter without Placing Partitions

Nov 21, 2016

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Community Built at Evacuation Shelter without Placing Partitions

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

 
From Catch up to Gear up - JR East Promotes Women in Workplace

Nov 18, 2016

Corporate

 

From Catch up to Gear up - JR East Promotes Women in Workplace

East Japan Railway Company (JR East), one of the major railway companies in Jap...

 
Substantial Change toward Expansion: The Sustainable Investment Market in Japan

Nov 15, 2016

Newsletter

 

Substantial Change toward Expansion: The Sustainable Investment Market in Japan

Having used to be limited to individual investors, Japan's sustainable investm...

 
Energy Innovation Strategy to Aim at Strong Economy and CO2 Reduction

Nov 6, 2016

Energy Policy

 

Energy Innovation Strategy to Aim at Strong Economy and CO2 Reduction

On April 18, 2016, Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry laid out th...

 
Community Currency 'Bunji' Changing the Way Money is Used

Oct 31, 2016

Newsletter

 

Community Currency 'Bunji' Changing the Way Money is Used

Japan is a convenient society. People can go shopping without speaking at all....

 
LIXIL Portable Toilet to Exceed One Million Units in Developing Countries

Oct 27, 2016

Corporate

 

LIXIL Portable Toilet to Exceed One Million Units in Developing Countries

LIXIL Corp., a Japanese living and housing solutions company, announced on May ...

 
Research Institutes Collaborate to Create Global Map of CO2 Emissions from Soil

Oct 23, 2016

Climate Change

 

Research Institutes Collaborate to Create Global Map of CO2 Emissions from Soil

The Japanese Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute announced on March...

 
Chiiki Mirai Juku : Local Communities Support Government's Tutoring Program to Fight Child Poverty in Japan

Oct 18, 2016

Newsletter

 

Chiiki Mirai Juku : Local Communities Support Government's Tutoring Program to Fight Child Poverty in Japan

Child poverty is attracting growing concern in Japan. It is a problem requirin...

 
Ajinomoto Expands Sports Nutritional Support to Include Disabled Athletes, to Boost Skills in Disability Sports

Oct 13, 2016

Diversity

 

Ajinomoto Expands Sports Nutritional Support to Include Disabled Athletes, to Boost Skills in Disability Sports

One of the major food product manufacturers in Japan, Ajinomoto Co., announced ...

 
'work with Pride' (wwP) Launches Index to Promote LGBT-inclusive Workplaces in Japan

Oct 10, 2016

Newsletter

 

'work with Pride' (wwP) Launches Index to Promote LGBT-inclusive Workplaces in Japan

In June 2016, a Japanese nonprofit group called "work with Pride" (wwP) announ...

 
Mental Health Care for Survivors Still Needed in 2011 Disaster-Hit Areas

Oct 6, 2016

Resilience

 

Mental Health Care for Survivors Still Needed in 2011 Disaster-Hit Areas

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

 
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 a...

 
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...

 

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