Civil Society / Local Issues

Community Currency 'Bunji' Changing the Way Money is Used

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

September 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

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

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

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

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

July 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

July 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

July 23, 2016

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Agricultural Products as Another Pillar

Tohoku Fukko Nikki (Tohoku Reconstruction Diary) is a weekly article that appea...
 
Tohoku and the World: 5 Years Since The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

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

June 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

June 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...
 
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...
 
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

April 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

April 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...
 
Tour Company Provides Immersive Learning Experience in Disaster-hit Areas

April 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...
 
Takanabe Town's Challenge: Crowdfunding Public Light Art

March 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...
 
Villagers Use Hand-Made Canals and Their Own Money to Generate Micro-Hydropower

February 29, 2016

Newsletter

 

Villagers Use Hand-Made Canals and Their Own Money to Generate Micro-Hydropower

Itoshiro is a village located in Gujo City, Gifu Prefecture, right next to Fuk...
 
NPO Bank 'of the People, by the People, for the People'

February 18, 2016

Newsletter

 

NPO Bank 'of the People, by the People, for the People'

We need a certain amount of money to make our daily living. In particular, sta...
 
A Look Back at Earth Parade 2015 in Tokyo, Kyoto: Momentum Built for Success at COP21

February 15, 2016

Climate Change

 

A Look Back at Earth Parade 2015 in Tokyo, Kyoto: Momentum Built for Success at COP21

The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is an issue that needs to be tackled...
 
Using the Circulation of Local Money to Recover the Economy and Population (Part 2): Research Shows the Benefits of 'Taking Back' Rural Revenues

January 29, 2016

Newsletter

 

Using the Circulation of Local Money to Recover the Economy and Population (Part 2): Research Shows the Benefits of 'Taking Back' Rural Revenues

In the last JFS Newsletter, the December 2015 issue, we introduced the 1% Rura...
 
WWF Japan Calls for More Sustainable 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

January 17, 2016

Civil Society / Local Issues

 

WWF Japan Calls for More Sustainable 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

International environmental preservation organization the World Wide Fund For ...
 
Using the Circulation of Local Money to Recover the Economy and Population (Part 1): Featuring the 1% Rural Recovery Strategy and the 'Local Multiplier 3' Effect

January 11, 2016

Newsletter

 

Using the Circulation of Local Money to Recover the Economy and Population (Part 1): Featuring the 1% Rural Recovery Strategy and the 'Local Multiplier 3' Effect

Japan for Sustainability (JFS) has been working on its Local Well-Being Projec...
 
Aiming for Happiest Marginal Community in Japan through Renewable Energy

December 28, 2015

Newsletter

 

Aiming for Happiest Marginal Community in Japan through Renewable Energy

Japan has entered a period of rapid population decline. If the trend continues...
 
Community Happy Solar!

November 28, 2015

Newsletter

 

Community Happy Solar!

The Tokushima Regional Energy General Incorporated Association (TREGIA) is a b...
 
Toward a Happier City -- Nagakute Takes on Well-being Indicator Development

November 20, 2015

Newsletter

 

Toward a Happier City -- Nagakute Takes on Well-being Indicator Development

Nagakute, in Aichi Prefecture, has been actively promoting efforts proposed by...
 
Sustainable Energy and Food Zones Grow Gradually

November 15, 2015

Renewable Energy

 

Sustainable Energy and Food Zones Grow Gradually

The Sustainable Zone Study Group, a research project jointly conducted by Kuras...
 
Greenery to Citizens! -- Urban Agriculture in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture

October 30, 2015

Newsletter

 

Greenery to Citizens! -- Urban Agriculture in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture

The city of Yokohama in Kanagawa Prefecture is an ordinance-designated city wi...
 
'Present Tree' Initiative: Creating Forests by Planting Commemorative Trees Linking Urban and Rural Districts

October 13, 2015

Newsletter

 

'Present Tree' Initiative: Creating Forests by Planting Commemorative Trees Linking Urban and Rural Districts

In the last newsletter, we introduced the Hirono Wai-Wai Project as an initiat...
 
Reviving a Village by Giving it a Corporate Structure -- Efforts of Abamura LLC in Tsuyama City, Okayama Prefecture

September 22, 2015

Newsletter

 

Reviving a Village by Giving it a Corporate Structure -- Efforts of Abamura LLC in Tsuyama City, Okayama Prefecture

Many villages and towns in Japan have disappeared as a result of consolidation...
 
'Omusubi Money': Local Currency at Kids' Markets Empowers Communities in Japan

August 31, 2015

Newsletter

 

'Omusubi Money': Local Currency at Kids' Markets Empowers Communities in Japan

In this issue of the JFS Newsletter, we feature an interview with Dai Yoshida,...
 
Abundance at Lake Saroma, Japan: Saroma Fishery Cooperative Practices Socialism within a Capitalist System (Part 2)

June 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...
 
JFS's Local Responsible Consumers Study Meetings

June 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

June 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

June 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...
 
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...
 
Japan's

April 20, 2015

Newsletter

 

Japan's "FutureCity" Initiative: Fourth-Year Update

In recent years, individuals, organizations, and governments around the world h...
 
Everyday Shopping Can Promote Local Economies, Says JFS Survey

March 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...
 
Transforming Lifeless Shopping Streets into Animated Spaces

January 9, 2015

Steady-State Economy

 

Transforming Lifeless Shopping Streets into Animated Spaces

The declining vitality of shopping streets has become a concern nationwide in ...
 
Study Project Begins Seeking Happy Local Communities

December 4, 2014

Well-Being

 

Study Project Begins Seeking Happy Local Communities

What factors are essential for local regions and their residents to be happy? ...
 
An Experiment From Green Valley in Kamiyama Town, Tokushima, Japan: How to Make Depopulated Areas Attractive

September 30, 2014

Newsletter

 

An Experiment From Green Valley in Kamiyama Town, Tokushima, Japan: How to Make Depopulated Areas Attractive

"In 49.8 percent of municipalities in Japan, the number of women aged 20 to 39...
 
Community-Led Energy Association Launched to Promote Renewable Energy

August 26, 2014

Civil Society / Local Issues

 

Community-Led Energy Association Launched to Promote Renewable Energy

The National Local Energy Association announced on May 23, 2014, its official l...
 
Thinking about Happiness at the Local Level: JFS Symposium Panel Discussion

June 17, 2014

Newsletter

 

Thinking about Happiness at the Local Level: JFS Symposium Panel Discussion

In fiscal 2013, Japan for Sustainability (JFS) worked on a Local Well-Being Pr...
 
Renewable Energy Revives Ailing Fukushima Spa

May 26, 2014

Renewable Energy

 

Renewable Energy Revives Ailing Fukushima Spa

Tsuchiyu Onsen, a hot spring town in Fukushima prefecture, established a firm c...
 
Nagano Company Adds New Local Products to Gift Catalog

May 19, 2014

Civil Society / Local Issues

 

Nagano Company Adds New Local Products to Gift Catalog

Jimoto, a Nagano-based company working to help revitalize local communities by ...
 
Company in Southern Japan Helping to Revitalize Community through Renewable Energy

May 12, 2014

Renewable Energy

 

Company in Southern Japan Helping to Revitalize Community through Renewable Energy

Satsuma Shizen Energy Co. is a joint venture established in 2012 by small local...
 
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