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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...

 
Current Status of Renewable Energy in Japan

Dec 13, 2016

Renewable Energy

 

Current Status of Renewable Energy in Japan

Japan was four days late to ratify the Paris Agreement, which meant that its nam...

 
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...

 

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