Eco-business / Social Venture

Japan's First Ecotourism Award Winners Announced

October 12, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Japan's First Ecotourism Award Winners Announced

Japan's Ministry of the Environment announced the winners of it first Ecotourism...
 
Nata de Coco Used for Thin Display Substrate

October 1, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Nata de Coco Used for Thin Display Substrate

In collaboration with Kyoto University, three companies in Japan, Pioneer Corp.,...
 
Battery-free Illuminated Paper Fan a Summer Hit in Japan

September 29, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Battery-free Illuminated Paper Fan a Summer Hit in Japan

On May 26, 2005, Nissin Electric Co., a Japanese electric appliance manufacturer...
 
Hitachi Releases Water-Saving Dishwasher/Dryer

September 21, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Hitachi Releases Water-Saving Dishwasher/Dryer

On July 1, 2005, Hitachi Home & Life Solutions, Inc., a leading Japanese home ap...
 
Japanese Firm Develops Water/Heat-Resistant Paper

September 12, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Japanese Firm Develops Water/Heat-Resistant Paper

A water- and heat-resistant paper named "Choetsu-shi" (super-paper), has been de...
 
Coca-Cola Japan Using Recycled PET in Labels

August 27, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Coca-Cola Japan Using Recycled PET in Labels

Coca-Cola Japan started using new labels made from 10 percent recycled polyethyl...
 
INAX Releases Energy-Saving Gas Water Heater

August 23, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

INAX Releases Energy-Saving Gas Water Heater

INAX Corp., a major Japanese supplier of building materials and equipment, relea...
 
Yamaha Releases All-Electric Motorbike

August 10, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Yamaha Releases All-Electric Motorbike

On May 21, 2005, Yamaha Motor Co. released its second electric vehicle (EV) mode...
 
Fujitsu Develops World's First Bioplastic Computer Cases

August 5, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Fujitsu Develops World's First Bioplastic Computer Cases

Japan's Fujitsu Ltd, Fujitsu Laboratories, Ltd., and Toray Industries Inc. succe...
 
Hino Motors Develops Hybrid Truck with Contactless Power Transfer System

August 3, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Hino Motors Develops Hybrid Truck with Contactless Power Transfer System

Hino Motors, Ltd. of Japan has developed a next-generation parallel-hybrid (dies...
 
Naturally-Acting Arsenic Adsorbent Products to Debut

July 31, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Naturally-Acting Arsenic Adsorbent Products to Debut

A new environmental cleanup material has been developed using a natural mineral ...
 
Patagonia Quickly Sells-Out T-Shirts with Environmental Messages

July 23, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Patagonia Quickly Sells-Out T-Shirts with Environmental Messages

Patagonia Japan announced that it has sold out T-shirts designed to raise public...
 
Energy-efficient Lighting Technology Adopted for New Office Building in Tokyo

July 16, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Energy-efficient Lighting Technology Adopted for New Office Building in Tokyo

Obayashi Corp., a major Japanese general contractor, and Matsushita Electric Wor...
 
House with Walls of Real Eggshell Makes Debut

July 5, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

House with Walls of Real Eggshell Makes Debut

The world's first house featuring the walls made from eggshells as built in Imar...
 
Toyota, Daihatsu Develop Eco-Friendly Painting Technology

June 26, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Toyota, Daihatsu Develop Eco-Friendly Painting Technology

Toyota Motor Corp. and Daihatsu Motor Co. announced on November 4, 2004, they ha...
 
Green Purchasing by Government Cut CO2 by 45,000 Tons in 2003

June 23, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Green Purchasing by Government Cut CO2 by 45,000 Tons in 2003

The Japanese Ministry of the Environment (MOE) announced on March 31, 2005, that...
 
Eco-Friendly Musical Instruments Spreading in Japan

June 14, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Eco-Friendly Musical Instruments Spreading in Japan

Musical instruments made of Green Line, a synthetic wood developed by world-famo...
 
2004 Winners of Wood House Design Competition Announced

June 9, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

2004 Winners of Wood House Design Competition Announced

The winners of the "Japan Land of Wood House Design Competition 2004" were an...
 
Research Institute in Mie Obtains Patent for Biodegradable Plastic Film

June 7, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Research Institute in Mie Obtains Patent for Biodegradable Plastic Film

The Mie Prefectural Science and Technology Promotion Center, located in central ...
 
Matsushita Electric Works Ltd. Wins Environmental Grand Prize

June 7, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Matsushita Electric Works Ltd. Wins Environmental Grand Prize

Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd. (MEW), a core member of the Matsushita Group, wo...
 
Two Japanese Firms Tie Up to Sell Sustainable Construction Material

June 5, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Two Japanese Firms Tie Up to Sell Sustainable Construction Material

Mitsubishi Shoji Construction Materials Corp. and Tostem Corp. have signed an ag...
 
Iwate Prefecture's Third Wood Pellet Factory Starts Operation

June 5, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Iwate Prefecture's Third Wood Pellet Factory Starts Operation

RANA System Inc., a company that specializes in marketing wood pellets and pelle...
 
Fujitsu Computer Cases World's First to Use Plant-Based Plastic

May 12, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Fujitsu Computer Cases World's First to Use Plant-Based Plastic

Fujitsu Limited, Fujitsu Laboratories, Ltd. and Toray Industries, Inc. announced...
 
User- and Eco-Friendly Strand Board Produced from Thinned Wood

May 7, 2005

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

User- and Eco-Friendly Strand Board Produced from Thinned Wood

Shinwa Mokuzai Co., a wood processing company in Gifu Prefecture, has develop...
 
Unitika Ltd. Develops World's First High Temperature-Resistant Polylactic Acid

May 5, 2005

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Unitika Ltd. Develops World's First High Temperature-Resistant Polylactic Acid

Polylactic acid resin is a type of biodegradable plastic derived from biomass re...
 
Awareness of Socially Responsible Investment Growing Among Analysts, Fund Managers

May 1, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Awareness of Socially Responsible Investment Growing Among Analysts, Fund Managers

The idea of Socially Responsible Investment (SRI), which encourages investors to...
 
Major European Fashion Brands Adopt Paper Fiber

April 22, 2005

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Major European Fashion Brands Adopt Paper Fiber

A new trend of using paper fiber for fabrics has been spreading among prestigiou...
 
Estimate Puts Fuel Cell Market at 1.2 Trillion Yen in 2020

April 11, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Estimate Puts Fuel Cell Market at 1.2 Trillion Yen in 2020

According to a report released by Fuji Keizai Co., a Tokyo-based market research...
 
ESCO Targets Supermarket Energy Consumption in Japan

April 6, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

ESCO Targets Supermarket Energy Consumption in Japan

The First Energy Service Co.(FESCO) announced on December 9, 2004 that it will s...
 
Nagoya and Three Neighboring Prefectures Conduct Green Purchasing Campaign

April 5, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Nagoya and Three Neighboring Prefectures Conduct Green Purchasing Campaign

The three prefectures of Gifu, Aichi and Mie and Nagoya City form the Tokai regi...
 
Corporate Eco Activities Expanding in Japan: Survey

April 2, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Corporate Eco Activities Expanding in Japan: Survey

The Japanese Ministry of the Environment announced the results of its "Survey on...
 
Sharp Launches LCD TVs with Lead-Free Solder

March 29, 2005

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Sharp Launches LCD TVs with Lead-Free Solder

Sharp Corp., a Japanese major electronics maker, announced on December 20, 2004 ...
 
Nippon Oil to Sell World's First LPG Home Fuel Cell System

March 28, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Nippon Oil to Sell World's First LPG Home Fuel Cell System

Nippon Oil Corp., a Japanese energy company, announced recently that it will put...
 
Pollution-Free Bicycle Taxis to Debut at World EXPO 2005!

March 27, 2005

Energy Conservation

 

Pollution-Free Bicycle Taxis to Debut at World EXPO 2005!

Bridgestone Cycle Co. and Yamaha Motor Co. announced recently that they have dev...
 
Mos Food Inc. and Dai Nippon Printing Track Beef with IC Tags

March 26, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Mos Food Inc. and Dai Nippon Printing Track Beef with IC Tags

Mos Food Services, Inc. and Dai Nippon Printing Co. announced on November 30, 20...
 
Olympus Releases Eco-Glass Biological Microscope

March 23, 2005

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Olympus Releases Eco-Glass Biological Microscope

In November 2004, Olympus Corp. released a series of biological microscopes (mod...
 
New Car Recycling Facility in Japan's Seto Inland Sea Area

March 17, 2005

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

New Car Recycling Facility in Japan's Seto Inland Sea Area

Tsuneishi Corporation, a shipbuilder headquartered in Numakuma-cho, Hiroshima, a...
 
Mass Production of Home Geothermal Heat Pumps Begins in Japan

March 16, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Mass Production of Home Geothermal Heat Pumps Begins in Japan

Sunpot Co., a heating appliance maker in Japan, together with Hokkaido Universit...
 
Free IBM Japan Service Advises on Recycling of Used PCs

March 14, 2005

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Free IBM Japan Service Advises on Recycling of Used PCs

IBM Japan Ltd. launched a new service for corporate clients called Asset Recover...
 
Environment Ministry Guidelines Stress Consolidated Accounting

March 11, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Environment Ministry Guidelines Stress Consolidated Accounting

In November 2004, Japan's Ministry of the Environment (MOE) released a working d...
 
Kokuyo S&T Launches Japan's First FSC-Certified Notebook

March 10, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Kokuyo S&T Launches Japan's First FSC-Certified Notebook

Kokuyo S&T Co., a group company of Kokuyo Co., a leading Japanese manufacturer a...
 
Honda Leases New Fuel Cell Car to New York State

March 9, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Honda Leases New Fuel Cell Car to New York State

American Honda Motor Co., an overseas subsidiary of Honda Motor Co., delivered a...
 
IBM Japan, Okamura Tie Up to Reuse Discarded PC Plastics

March 7, 2005

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

IBM Japan, Okamura Tie Up to Reuse Discarded PC Plastics

IBM Japan, Ltd. and Okamura Corp. announced on November 8, 2004 that they have s...
 
Tokyo Gas to Sell Home Fuel Cell System

March 6, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Tokyo Gas to Sell Home Fuel Cell System

Tokyo Gas Co. announced on December 6, 2004 that it will start selling the world...
 
Cedar Bark Oil Absorbent Wins Eco Mark Certification

March 5, 2005

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Cedar Bark Oil Absorbent Wins Eco Mark Certification

The Japan Environment Association awarded Eco Mark certification on November ...
 
Tokyo Metropolitan Gov't to Buy 'Green Power'

March 3, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Tokyo Metropolitan Gov't to Buy 'Green Power'

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) has designated eco-friendly electricity ...
 
Sharp Product Manuals Promote Eco-friendly Product Use

February 23, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Sharp Product Manuals Promote Eco-friendly Product Use

Sharp Corp., a leading Japanese electronics manufacturer, has started to offer p...
 
Bank Screening Gives Mazda Highest Rank in Eco-friendly Management

February 22, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Bank Screening Gives Mazda Highest Rank in Eco-friendly Management

Mazda Motor Corp., a leading automaker in Japan, announced on October 15, 2004 t...
 
Ongoing Efforts in Japan Target Household Food Waste

February 19, 2005

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Ongoing Efforts in Japan Target Household Food Waste

Japan faces an acute shortage of landfill sites. The Ministry of the Environment...
 
JAMA Reports FY2003 Hybrid Vehicle Shipments Up 173 %

February 12, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

JAMA Reports FY2003 Hybrid Vehicle Shipments Up 173 %

The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc. (JAMA) announced on October...
 
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