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

November 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...
 
Substantial Change toward Expansion: The Sustainable Investment Market in Japan

November 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...
 
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....
 
Innovative 'Hometown Tax' Donation Program Supports Municipalities

September 19, 2016

Newsletter

 

Innovative 'Hometown Tax' Donation Program Supports Municipalities

Japan has a program in which Japanese citizens living anywhere can donate mone...
 
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 ...
 
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...
 
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...
 
DBJ First to Issue Sustainability Bond in Japan

February 1, 2016

Corporate

 

DBJ First to Issue Sustainability Bond in Japan

Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) issued its inaugural sustainability bond on Oct...
 
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...
 
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...
 
'White Paper on Local Use of Local Money': Ideas and Activities of the Community Youth Bank Momo

November 12, 2015

Newsletter

 

'White Paper on Local Use of Local Money': Ideas and Activities of the Community Youth Bank Momo

The term "nonprofit organization" (NPO) has become increasingly popular in Jap...
 
Crowdfunding in Japan

February 19, 2015

Money

 

Crowdfunding in Japan

Awareness of crowdfunding in Japan, while still low, is gradually spreading. I...
 
Current Status of SRI and Related Issues as It Expands in Japan

February 16, 2015

Newsletter

 

Current Status of SRI and Related Issues as It Expands in Japan

The Global Sustainable Investment Review 2012 issued by the Global Sustainable...
 
METI Allocates Part of FY2014 Draft Budget to Promote Smart Energy Consumption

April 29, 2014

Energy Policy

 

METI Allocates Part of FY2014 Draft Budget to Promote Smart Energy Consumption

Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) revealed on March 24, 20...
 
Procurement Price Set for Offshore Wind Power to Expand Its Introduction

April 25, 2014

Renewable Energy

 

Procurement Price Set for Offshore Wind Power to Expand Its Introduction

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry compiled the results of the discuss...
 
'Where Does My Money Go?' Website Launched to Show Residents Their Daily/Annual Share of Municipal Taxes, Costs

March 22, 2014

Money

 

'Where Does My Money Go?' Website Launched to Show Residents Their Daily/Annual Share of Municipal Taxes, Costs

Shonan Apps!, a group of software developers in Japan, unveiled on December 2, ...
 
Japan's NEPC Subsidizes 27 Businesses Utilizing Renewable Thermal Energy

March 6, 2014

Renewable Energy

 

Japan's NEPC Subsidizes 27 Businesses Utilizing Renewable Thermal Energy

The New Energy Promotion Council (NEPC) of Japan announced on November 21, 2013...
 
National Citizen-Based Fund for Sustainable Energy Starts Receiving Applications

February 22, 2014

Money

 

National Citizen-Based Fund for Sustainable Energy Starts Receiving Applications

Three Japanese green energy organizations, Japan Green Fund Co. (JGF) and Ohisa...
 
Green Gift -- an Innovative Financial Flow

February 4, 2014

Newsletter

 

Green Gift -- an Innovative Financial Flow

In Japan, the number of houses with solar panel installations has been increas...
 
Solar Partners and IOM Launch Solar Lantern Donation Project in Somalia

December 19, 2013

Renewable Energy

 

Solar Partners and IOM Launch Solar Lantern Donation Project in Somalia

Solar Partners Co., a Japanese company operating a network of solar power insta...
 
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...
 
Japanese Bank Provides World's First Loan Product Reflecting Company Dependence on Natural Capital

October 28, 2013

Money

 

Japanese Bank Provides World's First Loan Product Reflecting Company Dependence on Natural Capital

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, a major bank in Japan, announced on April 5, 201...
 
Japanese Market Research Firm Forecasts Growth of Offshore Wind and Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Power Generation

September 26, 2013

Renewable Energy

 

Japanese Market Research Firm Forecasts Growth of Offshore Wind and Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Power Generation

Fuji Keizai Co., a Japanese market research firm, released the results of it...
 
Loans to Female Entrepreneurs by Japan Finance Corporation Increase Significantly

September 21, 2013

Money

 

Loans to Female Entrepreneurs by Japan Finance Corporation Increase Significantly

The Japan Finance Corporation (JFC) announced, on April 22, 2013, the data on lo...
 
Nippon Foundation Establishes Fund to Support NPOs and Social Entrepreneurs

September 19, 2013

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Nippon Foundation Establishes Fund to Support NPOs and Social Entrepreneurs

Signing Ceremony between Seibu Shinkin Bank and Nippon Foundation Copyright Nip...
 
Sasayama City Begins Subsidizing Grass-Root Activities to Protect and Restore Nature

September 14, 2013

Ecosystems / Biodiversity

 

Sasayama City Begins Subsidizing Grass-Root Activities to Protect and Restore Nature

The government of Sasayama City, located in the central eastern part of Hyog...
 
Oita Prefecture Holds Symposium Commemorating Foundation of Collaborative Support Fund

August 4, 2013

Money

 

Oita Prefecture Holds Symposium Commemorating Foundation of Collaborative Support Fund

The Mejiron Collaborative Support Fund raises money from prefectural residen...
 
Regional Japanese Banks, NPO Establish Mutual Funds to Support Affected Area Businesses

July 28, 2013

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Regional Japanese Banks, NPO Establish Mutual Funds to Support Affected Area Businesses

After the Great East Japan Earthquake, new financial schemes in quake-hit areas ...
 
Citizen-Funded Solar Power Facilities to be Installed in Shizuoka

June 29, 2013

Money

 

Citizen-Funded Solar Power Facilities to be Installed in Shizuoka

Shizuoka Mirai Energy announced on February 25, 2013, that it would start fu...
 
'Giving Japan 2012' Reviews Philanthropy Market in Japan

April 5, 2013

Money

 

'Giving Japan 2012' Reviews Philanthropy Market in Japan

The Japan Fund Raising Association (JFRA), a nonprofit organization, published i...
 
Panasonic Helps Develop Capacities of NPOs

March 31, 2013

Money

 

Panasonic Helps Develop Capacities of NPOs

Panasonic Corp., a major Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer, held on Nov...
 
DBJ's First Loan Under Health Management Rating System Offered to Kao

June 25, 2012

Money

 

DBJ's First Loan Under Health Management Rating System Offered to Kao

The Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) announced on March 8, 2012, that its fir...
 
Eco-financing Becoming Trend among Japanese Financial Institutions

May 14, 2012

Money

 

Eco-financing Becoming Trend among Japanese Financial Institutions

An environmental non-governmental organization (NGO), called "A SEED Japan" (Act...
 
Daiwa Securities - Impact Investment: Social Contribution through Investment

January 22, 2012

Money

 

Daiwa Securities - Impact Investment: Social Contribution through Investment

Daiwa Securities Group, a major investment trust firm in Japan, announced in its...
 
Dentsu and Fund Management Company Jointly Launch Social Website Platform for Micro-Investment

February 6, 2011

Money

 

Dentsu and Fund Management Company Jointly Launch Social Website Platform for Micro-Investment

Dentsu Inc., a major advertising agency in Japan, and micro-investment firm Musi...
 
Japanese Companies Continue to Spend More than 400 Million Yen Each for Philanthropy Despite the Economic Recession

February 4, 2011

Money

 

Japanese Companies Continue to Spend More than 400 Million Yen Each for Philanthropy Despite the Economic Recession

The Committee on Corporate Philanthropy and the One Percent Club of the Japan Bu...
 
Japanese Corporations Spend Over 1.5 Trillion Yen on Green Capital Expenditures in 2009

June 16, 2010

Money

 

Japanese Corporations Spend Over 1.5 Trillion Yen on Green Capital Expenditures in 2009

Japan's business sector is estimated to have spent a total of 1.52 trillion yen ...
 
Asahi Breweries to Donate Proceeds from Beer Sales to Environmental Projects for Second Year

April 11, 2010

Money

 

Asahi Breweries to Donate Proceeds from Beer Sales to Environmental Projects for Second Year

Major Japanese brewer Asahi Breweries, Ltd., announced on January 26, 2010, the ...
 
Asahi Breweries to Donate Part of Sales Proceeds for Environmental Protection

October 30, 2009

Money

 

Asahi Breweries to Donate Part of Sales Proceeds for Environmental Protection

Asahi Breweries, Ltd., a major Japanese brewer, announced on August 25, 2009...
 
More Companies Agree to Environmental Tax Introduction

April 18, 2009

Policy / Systems

 

More Companies Agree to Environmental Tax Introduction

Japan's Ministry of the Environment released on December 26, 2008, its survey re...
 
New Environmental Accounting System Saves 31 Million Yen in FY2005 at Kyoto City's Offices

September 16, 2007

Energy Conservation

 

New Environmental Accounting System Saves 31 Million Yen in FY2005 at Kyoto City's Offices

Kyoto City in Japan has released an environmental accounting report covering fis...
 
Communities Strain with Debt Over 200 Trillion Yen in 2004

July 30, 2006

Money

 

Communities Strain with Debt Over 200 Trillion Yen in 2004

The 2006 White Paper on Local Public Finance, submitted to the Japanese cabinet ...
 
SMBC Bank Establishes Environment Analysis Department

April 28, 2006

Money

 

SMBC Bank Establishes Environment Analysis Department

One of Japan's major banks, the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. (SMBC), establishe...
 
Toto Establishes 'Water Environment Fund' for Community Activities

October 5, 2005

Money

 

Toto Establishes 'Water Environment Fund' for Community Activities

Toto Ltd., a major Japanese manufacturer of bathroom and kitchen fixtures, estab...
 
Shunan City Offering Subsidies to Power-Saving Households

September 15, 2005

Energy Conservation

 

Shunan City Offering Subsidies to Power-Saving Households

Shunan City, in Yamaguchi Prefecture, western Japan, is providing subsidies to c...
 
Mie Bank to Support 'Community Currency' and NPOs

January 13, 2005

Money

 

Mie Bank to Support 'Community Currency' and NPOs

On November 1, 2004, Mie Bank, Ltd. will start to offer customers the option of ...
 
Ministry to Support Model Local Currency System

January 6, 2005

Money

 

Ministry to Support Model Local Currency System

The Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) has started t...
 
Home Ministry to Develop Community Currency Model System

October 27, 2004

Money

 

Home Ministry to Develop Community Currency Model System

Japan's Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunication...
 
Japanese Musicians Establish Eco-Friendly Bank

July 29, 2004

Money

 

Japanese Musicians Establish Eco-Friendly Bank

Three popular Japanese musicians, Takeshi Kobayashi, Kazutoshi Sakurai and Ryuic...
 
Yokote City to Start Biomass Energy Project

July 15, 2004

Money

 

Yokote City to Start Biomass Energy Project

Yokote City, located in southern Akita Prefecture and with a population of less ...
 
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