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Innovative 'Hometown Tax' Donation Program Supports Municipalities

September 19, 2016

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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

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

Overcoming a Shrinking Local Economy The ability to make local economies more ...
 
Making Olympic Gold Medals from 'Urban Mine' Sources

August 31, 2016

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Making Olympic Gold Medals from 'Urban Mine' Sources

We reported in the June 2016 JFS Newsletter that the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Pa...
 
Auto Sales Industry Cooperates to Tackle Social Responsibility: Examples from Yamagata, Japan

August 14, 2016

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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

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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...
 
Aiming for Sustainable Tokyo Olympic, Paralympic Games

July 19, 2016

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Aiming for Sustainable Tokyo Olympic, Paralympic Games

Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Paralympics Tokyo will be hosting the 2020 Olympic and Pa...
 
Initiative by Kuradashi.jp Cuts Food Waste in Japan and Saves Money

July 7, 2016

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Initiative by Kuradashi.jp Cuts Food Waste in Japan and Saves Money

An estimated 6.42 million tons of food loss and waste is generated annually in...
 
Tohoku and the World: 5 Years Since The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

June 30, 2016

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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

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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...
 
Toward a Sustainable Society and Economy -- Green Purchasing Network Celebrating 20th Anniversary

June 13, 2016

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Toward a Sustainable Society and Economy -- Green Purchasing Network Celebrating 20th Anniversary

The Green Purchasing Network (GPN), an organization comprising entities that p...
 
Sustainable Fishery Catches Only 30% of Fish Entering Net -- Etchu-type Set Net Fishing in Himi

May 31, 2016

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Sustainable Fishery Catches Only 30% of Fish Entering Net -- Etchu-type Set Net Fishing in Himi

Japanese and Fisheries The depletion of fishery resources and collapse of fish...
 
Once Desolate, Now Attracting Attention as a Successful Farming Village: Kawakami, Nagano Prefecture

May 20, 2016

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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...
 
Learning from the Past: Traditional Flood Control Systems in Japan's Kofu Basin

May 11, 2016

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Learning from the Past: Traditional Flood Control Systems in Japan's Kofu Basin

Incidents of heavy rains and floods are increasing around the world as the imp...
 
'Community Car Sharing' Supports the Bond of Mutual Aid

April 28, 2016

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'Community Car Sharing' Supports the Bond of Mutual Aid

Even before the disaster, Japan's Tohoku (northeastern) region had many areas ...
 
Kodomo-Shokudo Project to Provide Children with a Warm Meal and Place to Visit

April 21, 2016

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Kodomo-Shokudo Project to Provide Children with a Warm Meal and Place to Visit

There are many initiatives providing food to people in need in both developing...
 
Message from Women in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake

April 14, 2016

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Message from Women in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake

Five years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake. What thoughts do...
 
Report from Fukushima: Five Years after the Great East Japan Earthquake

March 31, 2016

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Report from Fukushima: Five Years after the Great East Japan Earthquake

On March 11, 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake caused massive devastation ...
 
Future Vision of Economic Growth and Sustainable Society

March 16, 2016

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Future Vision of Economic Growth and Sustainable Society

Mariko Kawaguchi, chief researcher at Daiwa Institute of Research, Ltd., analy...
 
Villagers Use Hand-Made Canals and Their Own Money to Generate Micro-Hydropower

February 29, 2016

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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

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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...
 
Learning and Applying Lessons from the Sustainable Economy of the Edo Period

February 9, 2016

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Learning and Applying Lessons from the Sustainable Economy of the Edo Period

Saburo Kato is a Japanese environmental activist and president of the Japan As...
 
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

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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...
 
Grace Co. - Assisting Environment-Related Job Recruitment to Promote Japan's Environmental Efforts

January 19, 2016

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Grace Co. - Assisting Environment-Related Job Recruitment to Promote Japan's Environmental Efforts

Japan is experiencing depopulation and an aging society, problems that are tho...
 
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

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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

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Aiming for Happiest Marginal Community in Japan through Renewable Energy

Japan has entered a period of rapid population decline. If the trend continues...
 
Delivery of Magazines Together with Food Ingredients Increasing in Japan

December 21, 2015

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Delivery of Magazines Together with Food Ingredients Increasing in Japan

The Tohoku Taberu Tsushin (Eating Tohoku Magazine) initiative, which we introd...
 
Finding Balance between the Two Extremes of Economic Growth and Happiness

December 12, 2015

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Finding Balance between the Two Extremes of Economic Growth and Happiness

Tetsufumi Okushi is known as an brilliant entrepreneur in Japan who grew a sin...
 
Community Happy Solar!

November 28, 2015

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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

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

Nagakute, in Aichi Prefecture, has been actively promoting efforts proposed by...
 
'White Paper on Local Use of Local Money': Ideas and Activities of the Community Youth Bank Momo

November 12, 2015

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

October 30, 2015

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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

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'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...
 
Update on the Restarting of Nuclear Power Plants in Japan

September 30, 2015

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Update on the Restarting of Nuclear Power Plants in Japan

On August 11, 2015, reactor 1 was restarted at Kyushu Electric Power Company's...
 
Reviving a Village by Giving it a Corporate Structure -- Efforts of Abamura LLC in Tsuyama City, Okayama Prefecture

September 22, 2015

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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...
 
Hirono Wai-Wai Project to Accelerate Recovery of Disaster-Stricken Areas

September 11, 2015

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Hirono Wai-Wai Project to Accelerate Recovery of Disaster-Stricken Areas

The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, which suffered an accident follow...
 
'Omusubi Money': Local Currency at Kids' Markets Empowers Communities in Japan

August 31, 2015

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'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,...
 
Yahaba Waterworks Supporters Workshop -- Citizens Decide on the Future of the Water Supply

August 19, 2015

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Yahaba Waterworks Supporters Workshop -- Citizens Decide on the Future of the Water Supply

At a symposium on local governance and the water supply in November 2014, I he...
 
Biomass Energy Powered the Edo Period

August 11, 2015

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Biomass Energy Powered the Edo Period

The interval of Japan's history between 1603 and 1867 is called the Edo Period...
 
Japan's Depopulating Society: Population Concentration in Tokyo and the Disappearance of Local Municipalities (Part 2)

July 31, 2015

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Japan's Depopulating Society: Population Concentration in Tokyo and the Disappearance of Local Municipalities (Part 2)

The previous issue of the JFS Newsletter introduced problems resulting from a ...
 
The Pursuit of Economic Growth Requires a Balance between 'Yin' and 'Yang'

July 20, 2015

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The Pursuit of Economic Growth Requires a Balance between 'Yin' and 'Yang'

The Institute for Studies in Happiness, Economy and Society (ISHES), with JFS ...
 
Japan's Depopulating Society: Population Concentration in Tokyo and the Disappearance of Local Municipalities (Part 1)

July 13, 2015

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Japan's Depopulating Society: Population Concentration in Tokyo and the Disappearance of Local Municipalities (Part 1)

A report released in May 2014, the so-called "Masuda Report," made a big impac...
 
Illegal Logging Issues - Significance and Challenges: Pertinence of Forest Management Governance in Japan & Other Countries

June 30, 2015

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Illegal Logging Issues - Significance and Challenges: Pertinence of Forest Management Governance in Japan & Other Countries

Ever since the global decrease in tropical forests became a matter of concern ...
 
Abundance at Lake Saroma, Japan: Saroma Fishery Cooperative Practices Socialism within a Capitalist System (Part 2)

June 17, 2015

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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

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JFS's Local Responsible Consumers Study Meetings

Japan for Sustainability (JFS) has held seven study sessions titled "Local Res...
 
Developing Rural Community-Based Economies to Preserve Prosperous Villages for Future Generations

May 29, 2015

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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

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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...
 

May 13, 2015

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"Rooftop Leasing" Photovoltaic Generation Spreading across Japan

On the initiative of local governments in Japan, photovoltaic generation busin...
 
Japan's

April 20, 2015

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

In recent years, individuals, organizations, and governments around the world h...
 
Shimokawa Town, Hokkaido: Establishing an Energy-Sustainable Small Town Management Model with Local Forest Resources (Part 1)

April 13, 2015

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Shimokawa Town, Hokkaido: Establishing an Energy-Sustainable Small Town Management Model with Local Forest Resources (Part 1)

Japan for Sustainability (JFS) worked on its Local Well-Being Project since Ap...
 
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