Local government

Main Street of Kyoto Develops into Pedestrian-Centric Space

August 7, 2015

Transportation / Mobility

 

Main Street of Kyoto Develops into Pedestrian-Centric Space

An improvement project has been underway on Shijo Street in Kyoto City, the ci...
 
Chigasaki City Converts Residential Solar into Emissions Credits for Corporate Carbon Offsets

July 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 ...
 
Minamisoma Releases Non-Nuclear Power Declaration, Targeting 64% Self-Supplied Power by 2020

June 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...
 
Tokyo Plans to Increase Renewable Energy Ratio to 20% by 2024

April 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...
 
Nagano Becomes 70% Energy Self-Sufficient, Targeting Future Happiness

March 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...
 
Kawasaki City and Toshiba to Jointly Demonstrate Renewables and Hydrogen-Based Off-Grid Energy Supply System

February 2, 2015

Corporate

 

Kawasaki City and Toshiba to Jointly Demonstrate Renewables and Hydrogen-Based Off-Grid Energy Supply System

Kawasaki City, Japan, announced on November 13, 2014, that it signed an agreeme...
 
Kawasaki City Provides Employment Support to Welfare Recipients

January 17, 2015

Policy / Systems

 

Kawasaki City Provides Employment Support to Welfare Recipients

While the Japanese government increases welfare spending year after year, ther...
 
Approaches Featuring Smart Agriculture Using Solar Power, Small Hydroelectric Plants Using Dam Wall to Vitalize Japanese Farm Villages

November 26, 2014

Renewable Energy

 

Approaches Featuring Smart Agriculture Using Solar Power, Small Hydroelectric Plants Using Dam Wall to Vitalize Japanese Farm Villages

In Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, renewable energy businesses have started to spr...
 
Tokyo Steps up Expansion of Renewable Energy Usage toward 2020 Olympics

September 3, 2014

Renewable Energy

 

Tokyo Steps up Expansion of Renewable Energy Usage toward 2020 Olympics

Toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, Tokyo Metropolitan Government's (TMG) prop...
 
Waste to Food Network Holds Third Meeting in Saga

August 23, 2014

Water

 

Waste to Food Network Holds Third Meeting in Saga

As part of the BISTRO Waste to Food Team initiative, the network of local gover...
 
Hot Springs Power Generation to Start at Disaster Evacuation Facility in Japanese Resort Town

August 17, 2014

Renewable Energy

 

Hot Springs Power Generation to Start at Disaster Evacuation Facility in Japanese Resort Town

Shinonsen Town in Hyogo Prefecture in central Japan completed construction of a...
 
Tokyo Announces CO2 Emissions, Confirms Continued Implementation of Energy-Saving Measures

July 23, 2014

Climate Change

 

Tokyo Announces CO2 Emissions, Confirms Continued Implementation of Energy-Saving Measures

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) compiled preliminary reports on reductio...
 
Solar Power Project to Meet All Household Electricity Needs in Japanese Town

July 20, 2014

Renewable Energy

 

Solar Power Project to Meet All Household Electricity Needs in Japanese Town

The government of Shizukuishi Town in Iwate prefecture announced on January 22, ...
 
Geothermal Heat Pump Brings Year-Round Farming to Town in Northern Japan

July 12, 2014

Renewable Energy

 

Geothermal Heat Pump Brings Year-Round Farming to Town in Northern Japan

Niseko, a town in Hokkaido, Northern Japan, is becoming as energy independent a...
 
Tokyo Releases Japan's First Solar Potential Map

June 26, 2014

Renewable Energy

 

Tokyo Releases Japan's First Solar Potential Map

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government released in March 2014 the Tokyo Solar Potent...
 
Survey Shows City of Chiba Leads Japan in Recycling Rate: Report on Household Garbage Disposal

May 25, 2014

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Survey Shows City of Chiba Leads Japan in Recycling Rate: Report on Household Garbage Disposal

Japan's Ministry of the Environment announced on December 26, 2013, survey resu...
 
Kitakyushu's Support for Green City Development Helps Businesses Expand in Asia

May 23, 2014

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Kitakyushu's Support for Green City Development Helps Businesses Expand in Asia

The Kitakyushu Asian Center for Low Carbon Society, established in June 2010, h...
 
Kitakyushu to Realize Zero-Emission Transportation System Using Solar-Powered Electric Buses

May 15, 2014

Transportation / Mobility

 

Kitakyushu to Realize Zero-Emission Transportation System Using Solar-Powered Electric Buses

Kitakyushu in southern Japan, with the aim of creating "a world environmental c...
 
More than 90% of Sapporo Citizens Taking Action to Save Energy

May 14, 2014

Energy Conservation

 

More than 90% of Sapporo Citizens Taking Action to Save Energy

A public opinion survey conducted by the municipal government of Sapporo, a cit...
 
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...
 
Maximum 22.8% Cut in Peak Power Use Achieved in Yokohama Demonstration Project

May 3, 2014

Energy Conservation

 

Maximum 22.8% Cut in Peak Power Use Achieved in Yokohama Demonstration Project

Yokohama, Japan, announced on October 24, 2013, that it had achieved a maximum ...
 
New Mega Solar Power Generation Integrated with Agriculture

April 20, 2014

Renewable Energy

 

New Mega Solar Power Generation Integrated with Agriculture

A large-scale (mega) solar power plant, Minokamo Energy Farm, opened on January...
 
Union of Local Governments in Japan to Triple Renewable Energy Output in 2020

April 19, 2014

Renewable Energy

 

Union of Local Governments in Japan to Triple Renewable Energy Output in 2020

The Union of Kansai Governments, which consists of seven prefectural government...
 
Tokyo's Adachi Ward to Recycle Bulky Wood Waste, First in Japan

April 15, 2014

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Tokyo's Adachi Ward to Recycle Bulky Wood Waste, First in Japan

Adachi Ward in Tokyo announced on January 30, 2014, that it will begin recyclin...
 
Higashimatsushima Strives for Creative Future

April 6, 2014

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Higashimatsushima Strives for Creative Future

Higashimatsushima City in Miyagi Prefecture is striving to rebuild after suffer...
 
Saitama City Reduces CO2 Emissions from Fleet Vehicles

April 5, 2014

Transportation / Mobility

 

Saitama City Reduces CO2 Emissions from Fleet Vehicles

Saitama City, announced on September 30, 2013, that it had reduced the annual c...
 
Toyama City Works Toward Compact City Utilizing Public Transportation

March 27, 2014

Transportation / Mobility

 

Toyama City Works Toward Compact City Utilizing Public Transportation

Toyama City in Toyama Prefecture is one of the largest cities in Japan and loca...
 
Community Development through Public Light Art Creation

March 23, 2014

Civil Society / Local Issues

 

Community Development through Public Light Art Creation

A community council assigned the task of revitalizing commerce in Takanabe, Miy...
 
Local Businesses Commission Disabled Workers to Maintain Solar Power System

February 26, 2014

Diversity

 

Local Businesses Commission Disabled Workers to Maintain Solar Power System

An association of solar power installation businesses in Misawa, a city in nort...
 
Sendai Starts Verification Test on Sewage Heat Recovery

February 19, 2014

Renewable Energy

 

Sendai Starts Verification Test on Sewage Heat Recovery

Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, has launched jointly with Sekisui ...
 
Japanese Municipalities are Passing Basic Ordinances to Promote Community-Led Renewable Energy Development

February 18, 2014

Renewable Energy

 

Japanese Municipalities are Passing Basic Ordinances to Promote Community-Led Renewable Energy Development

Since the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011, local governments across J...
 
Nine Municipalities in Tokyo Area Press Gov't to Promote Solar Power

February 16, 2014

Renewable Energy

 

Nine Municipalities in Tokyo Area Press Gov't to Promote Solar Power

The Nine Municipal Government Leaders' Summit, composed of the heads of the Tok...
 
Toyama Establishes Eco-Store System to Promote Eco-Friendly Actions

February 9, 2014

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Toyama Establishes Eco-Store System to Promote Eco-Friendly Actions

Toyama Prefecture, located in Japan's northern Hokuriku region, established and ...
 
More Dads are Taking Childcare Leave, Says Hiroshima Prefecture Survey

February 9, 2014

Diversity

 

More Dads are Taking Childcare Leave, Says Hiroshima Prefecture Survey

Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan revealed on October 28, 2013, that 7.2 percent of ...
 
Tokyo Waterworks Completes Mini Hydropower Facility Using Feed-in Tariff

February 2, 2014

Renewable Energy

 

Tokyo Waterworks Completes Mini Hydropower Facility Using Feed-in Tariff

The Tokyo Metropolitan Waterworks Bureau in Japan announced on October 1, 2013, ...
 
Kashiwa City Announces Progress in ITS Smart City Project

February 1, 2014

Transportation / Mobility

 

Kashiwa City Announces Progress in ITS Smart City Project

The Kashiwa ITS Promotion Council, composed of Kashiwa City of Chiba Prefecture...
 
Energy Saving Support System for Households Starts in Nagano Prefecture

January 22, 2014

Energy Conservation

 

Energy Saving Support System for Households Starts in Nagano Prefecture

Nagano Prefecture announced the commencement of an energy saving support program...
 
Minato Ward in Tokyo Expands CO2 Sequestration Certification Program

January 21, 2014

Climate Change

 

Minato Ward in Tokyo Expands CO2 Sequestration Certification Program

Minato Ward in Tokyo issued on September 1, 2013, guidelines for a carbon dioxid...
 
Test Operation Begins for 2MW Floating Offshore Wind Power Facility

January 16, 2014

Renewable Energy

 

Test Operation Begins for 2MW Floating Offshore Wind Power Facility

A group of companies and others undertaking a test project for a floating offsho...
 
Tokyo Publishes Environmental Radiation Measurements in English

December 28, 2013

Nuclear Power

 

Tokyo Publishes Environmental Radiation Measurements in English

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) announced on August 30, 2013, that it h...
 
Nagano Prefecture Introduces Local Projects Registered Under Renewable Energy Promotion Program

December 26, 2013

Civil Society / Local Issues

 

Nagano Prefecture Introduces Local Projects Registered Under Renewable Energy Promotion Program

Nagano Prefecture announced on October 15, 2013, that projects registered in it...
 
Hyogo Public Enterprises Agency to Develop Solar Arrays on Dam Faces

December 8, 2013

Renewable Energy

 

Hyogo Public Enterprises Agency to Develop Solar Arrays on Dam Faces

The Hyogo Public Enterprises Agency announced in April 2013 the outline of a di...
 
High School Students and Companies Prove Effects of Roof Greening with Used Tatami Mats

December 5, 2013

Education

 

High School Students and Companies Prove Effects of Roof Greening with Used Tatami Mats

Kanagawa Prefecture announced on August 6, 2013, that joint research conducted...
 
Bonds to Finance Solar Project in Awaji Island Sell Out

November 29, 2013

Money

 

Bonds to Finance Solar Project in Awaji Island Sell Out

Hyogo Prefecture, Japan initiated a "Public Joint Project for Photovoltaic Powe...
 
Fukuoka Pref. Eyes Micro Hydro Using Water from Existing Dam

November 25, 2013

Renewable Energy

 

Fukuoka Pref. Eyes Micro Hydro Using Water from Existing Dam

Fukuoka Prefecture announced on August 26, 2013, that it has started to look int...
 
Hirosaki City to Revitalize Local Community through Internship Program

November 23, 2013

Civil Society / Local Issues

 

Hirosaki City to Revitalize Local Community through Internship Program

Hirosaki, a city in Aomori Prefecture located at almost the northern end of the ...
 
'Kitakyushu Model' for Green City Development Published in Three Languages

November 20, 2013

Policy / Systems

 

'Kitakyushu Model' for Green City Development Published in Three Languages

The Kitakyushu Asian Center for Low Carbon Society, established and operated b...
 
Local Governments in Japan Renting Rooftops for Solar Power Generation

November 18, 2013

Renewable Energy

 

Local Governments in Japan Renting Rooftops for Solar Power Generation

The non-profit organization "PV Owner Network, Japan" reported in July 2013 ...
 
Coastal Amusement Park in Japan Installs Seawater Heat Pump to Save Energy

November 13, 2013

Energy Conservation

 

Coastal Amusement Park in Japan Installs Seawater Heat Pump to Save Energy

Yokohama Hakkeijima Inc., the company operating Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Para...
 
Kyoto Promotes High-Quality Kyoto Tap Water

November 10, 2013

Water

 

Kyoto Promotes High-Quality Kyoto Tap Water

The Waterworks Bureau of Kyoto City, Japan, conducted in summer 2013 a campa...
 
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