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Kobe City, Co-op Cooperate to Reduce Plastic Bag Use

March 11, 2007

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Kobe City, Co-op Cooperate to Reduce Plastic Bag Use

The Consumer Co-operative Kobe (Co-op Kobe) and Kobe City in Hyogo Prefecture, J...
 
Japanese NPO Tackles Environmental Problems in Mountains

March 3, 2007

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Japanese NPO Tackles Environmental Problems in Mountains

In Japan, where 70 percent of the country is covered by mountainous areas, an in...
 
Sorted Collection of Plastic Containers other than PET Bottles Increases by 19%

February 28, 2007

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Sorted Collection of Plastic Containers other than PET Bottles Increases by 19%

The Japanese Ministry of the Environment has announced the results of sorted col...
 
Environment Ministry Selects Model Projects to Promote 3Rs of Containers and Packaging

February 17, 2007

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Environment Ministry Selects Model Projects to Promote 3Rs of Containers and Packaging

Japan's Ministry of the Environment announced on October 16, 2006, that it launc...
 
Hitachi Develops Product Design Support System that Considers Recycling Costs

January 31, 2007

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Hitachi Develops Product Design Support System that Considers Recycling Costs

Hitachi, Ltd. and a German research institute named IZM (Fraunhofer Institute fo...
 
Japan Keeps World's Highest PET Bottle Collection Rate in FY 2005

January 31, 2007

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Japan Keeps World's Highest PET Bottle Collection Rate in FY 2005

The collection rate for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles in Japan contin...
 
Closed-Loop Recycling System for Company Uniforms Initiated

January 27, 2007

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Closed-Loop Recycling System for Company Uniforms Initiated

FCO-OP, a consumer cooperative in Fukuoka Prefecture, announced in October 2006 ...
 
Used PET Bottles Decomposed to Raw Materials in Microwave Oven

January 20, 2007

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Used PET Bottles Decomposed to Raw Materials in Microwave Oven

Dr. Kazutoshi Ikenaga, Associate Professor of the Department of Applied Chemistr...
 
Fast-Food Chain to Launch Used Cooking Oil Recycling System

December 25, 2006

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Fast-Food Chain to Launch Used Cooking Oil Recycling System

Plenus Co., a franchisor of takeout-lunch shops and fast-food restaurants, has e...
 
Local Gov't, Supermarket Agree on Plastic Bag Reduction

December 24, 2006

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Local Gov't, Supermarket Agree on Plastic Bag Reduction

Suginami City of Tokyo and its council on plastic bag reduction concluded a regi...
 
Japanese Shochu Lees to be Turned into Feed and Ethanol

December 24, 2006

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Japanese Shochu Lees to be Turned into Feed and Ethanol

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., (MES) announced on September 26, 2006, th...
 
Fuji Xerox Introduces Recyclable Packing Boxes for Parts Delivery

December 22, 2006

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Fuji Xerox Introduces Recyclable Packing Boxes for Parts Delivery

Two Japanese companies, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. and Starway Co., Ltd. have collabor...
 
Waste Fire Extinguishers to Be Recycled Nationwide in Japan

December 22, 2006

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Waste Fire Extinguishers to Be Recycled Nationwide in Japan

Three Japanese fire extinguisher manufacturers announced on September 4, 2006 th...
 
Ministry and Retailers to Cooperate for Environment Conservation

December 7, 2006

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Ministry and Retailers to Cooperate for Environment Conservation

Japan's Ministry of the Environment concluded on September 12, 2006, an agreemen...
 
Test-Run Begins for Wood Biomass Power Generation Facilities in Shiga

December 7, 2006

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Test-Run Begins for Wood Biomass Power Generation Facilities in Shiga

Aiming to create and expand self-efficient and sustainable regional communities,...
 
Kyoto Starts New System for Reusable Beverage Bottles

November 30, 2006

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Kyoto Starts New System for Reusable Beverage Bottles

In Kyoto City, beverages started appearing on store shelves in glass bottles mar...
 
'Children's Summit for Disposable Wooden Chopstick' Held in Home of Japanese Noodles

November 29, 2006

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'Children's Summit for Disposable Wooden Chopstick' Held in Home of Japanese Noodles

The First Kodomo Waribashi Summit in Kagawa, a children's meeting for recycling ...
 
2005 Report on Home Appliance Recycling Released

November 26, 2006

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2005 Report on Home Appliance Recycling Released

On July 20, 2006, the Japanese Association for Electric Home Appliances (AEHA) r...
 
UNIQLO to Expand Recycling Program to All Its Clothing Products in Japan

November 23, 2006

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UNIQLO to Expand Recycling Program to All Its Clothing Products in Japan

UNIQLO Co., a leading Japanese clothing retail chain with over 700 stores in Jap...
 
Grandma's Book of Wisdom Conveys Recycling Spirit

November 18, 2006

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Grandma's Book of Wisdom Conveys Recycling Spirit

A book titled "Honke, Obaachan no Chiebukuro" (Gramma's Collection of Wisdom, St...
 
Reusing Concrete Debris for Building Foundations Helps Reduce CO2

November 17, 2006

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Reusing Concrete Debris for Building Foundations Helps Reduce CO2

Two Japanese construction companies, Kajima Corp. and Fudo Tetra Co. have develo...
 
Incentives Aim to Improve PET Bottle Collection Rate in Tokyo

November 8, 2006

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Incentives Aim to Improve PET Bottle Collection Rate in Tokyo

Tokyo's Adachi Ward and Tomra System Japan Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of Tomra S...
 
Regional Food Waste Recycling Successful in Sendai

November 3, 2006

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Regional Food Waste Recycling Successful in Sendai

A regional recycling system of household food waste is steadily showing good res...
 
Food Producers, Farmers Team up to Turn Food Waste into Liquid Feed

October 30, 2006

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Food Producers, Farmers Team up to Turn Food Waste into Liquid Feed

Responding to a call from the Japanese non-profit organization (NPO) Mie Slow Li...
 
Car Recycling Law Applied Effectively in 2005

October 29, 2006

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Car Recycling Law Applied Effectively in 2005

Targets set by the Automobile Recycling Law for effective reutilization of used ...
 
Over 90% of Japanese Feel that Things are Being Wasted in Daily Life

October 18, 2006

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Over 90% of Japanese Feel that Things are Being Wasted in Daily Life

Most Japanese people often or sometimes feel things are wasted in the course of ...
 
Yokohama City to Produce Compost from Animal Wastes

October 6, 2006

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Yokohama City to Produce Compost from Animal Wastes

Yokohama City announced a new project to promote environmental education by crea...
 
Integrated Recycling System Developed for Waste Plastic

September 13, 2006

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Integrated Recycling System Developed for Waste Plastic

Yamamoto Eng. Works Co., a manufacturer of waste recycling machines in Tokushima...
 
Japan's Waste Volume Falls in FY2004

September 13, 2006

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Japan's Waste Volume Falls in FY2004

Japan's non-industrial waste (garbage and human waste) volume in fiscal 2004 tot...
 
Cabinet Approves Two Environment-Related White Papers for 2006

August 23, 2006

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Cabinet Approves Two Environment-Related White Papers for 2006

Japan's Cabinet approved two environment-related white papers on May 30, 2006. T...
 
Japanese NGO Supports Recycled Soap Production in Asia

August 23, 2006

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Japanese NGO Supports Recycled Soap Production in Asia

A project to recycle discarded cooking oil into soap is being conducted in sever...
 
Japanese Soccer Team Conducting Two Eco-friendly Campaigns

August 23, 2006

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Japanese Soccer Team Conducting Two Eco-friendly Campaigns

Tokushima Vortis, a football team in Division 2 of the J.League (Japan Professio...
 
New Vending Machines Accepting Donations, Bring-Your-Own Cups

August 16, 2006

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New Vending Machines Accepting Donations, Bring-Your-Own Cups

A vending machine that accepts donations, the first of its kind in Japan, made i...
 
Convenience Stores to Cut Plastic Bag Use by 35% by 2010

August 16, 2006

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Convenience Stores to Cut Plastic Bag Use by 35% by 2010

The Japan Franchise Association announced on May 29, 2006 that 12 major operator...
 
Home Appliance Recycling Rate in FY2005 Exceeds Minimum Requirement for 5th Straight Year

August 11, 2006

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Home Appliance Recycling Rate in FY2005 Exceeds Minimum Requirement for 5th Straight Year

Recycling rates for all four kinds of targeted household appliances in fiscal 20...
 
Milestone Reached for Total Recycling System for Plastic PET Bottles

August 2, 2006

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Milestone Reached for Total Recycling System for Plastic PET Bottles

The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) has ...
 
Honda Starts Beach Cleaning Project with Self-Developed Cleaner

July 29, 2006

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Honda Starts Beach Cleaning Project with Self-Developed Cleaner

Honda Motor Co. of Japan has developed unique towable beach cleaners and has sta...
 
Burger Chain Abolishes Plastic Takeout Bags, Introduces Biodegradable Drink Cups

July 22, 2006

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Burger Chain Abolishes Plastic Takeout Bags, Introduces Biodegradable Drink Cups

Mos Food Services, Inc., owner of the Japanese Mos Burger chain, announced on Ju...
 
Food Waste to Be Processed into Ethanol

July 14, 2006

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Food Waste to Be Processed into Ethanol

According to an announcement made on March 27, 2006, Nippon Steel Corp. will lau...
 
Minamata Plans to Be 'Biomass Town

July 6, 2006

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Minamata Plans to Be 'Biomass Town

Minamata City of Kumamoto Prefecture in southern Japan, announced on March 31, 2...
 
Committee Created to Promote Use of Sewage Sludge

June 15, 2006

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Committee Created to Promote Use of Sewage Sludge

As one of its measures to deal with global warming, the Japanese Ministry of Lan...
 
Ministry Evaluates National Strategy for Biomass Use

June 14, 2006

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Ministry Evaluates National Strategy for Biomass Use

On March 29, 2006, the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries ...
 
Sapporo to Use Warm Water from a Sewage Plant for Clean Heating

May 25, 2006

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Sapporo to Use Warm Water from a Sewage Plant for Clean Heating

Sapporo City in Hokkaido will utilize heat pump technology to recover heat from ...
 
Hydroponic Method Using Organic Fertilizer Developed

May 24, 2006

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Hydroponic Method Using Organic Fertilizer Developed

The National Institute of Vegetable and Tea Science in Tsu City, Mie Prefecture ...
 
Japan Urgently Needs to Increase Recovery of Rare Metal 'Indium'

May 17, 2006

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Japan Urgently Needs to Increase Recovery of Rare Metal 'Indium'

As thin-film display screens such as liquid-crystal displays (LCDs) and plasmati...
 
Tokyo Gov't Launches Web-Based Reporting on Industrial Waste Emitters

May 14, 2006

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Tokyo Gov't Launches Web-Based Reporting on Industrial Waste Emitters

On February 1, 2006, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government started releasing informa...
 
Miyagi Co-op to Build New Recycling Center

May 5, 2006

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Miyagi Co-op to Build New Recycling Center

On December 2, 2005, Miyagi Co-op, a consumer cooperative in Miyagi Prefecture i...
 
A Sustainable Society without Lowering Living Standards? 2005 Public Opinion Poll on Environment

April 27, 2006

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A Sustainable Society without Lowering Living Standards? 2005 Public Opinion Poll on Environment

The Japanese government's Cabinet Office conducted a poll on environmental issue...
 
Itochu Corp. to Launch Recyclable 'MOTTAINAI' Brand Neckties

April 27, 2006

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Itochu Corp. to Launch Recyclable 'MOTTAINAI' Brand Neckties

Itochu Corp., a major Japanese trading company, started selling neckties in Apri...
 
Japan's New Action Plan to Create a Recycling-Oriented Society through the 3Rs

April 5, 2006

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Japan's New Action Plan to Create a Recycling-Oriented Society through the 3Rs

In an effort to create recycling-oriented societies in Asia, in November 2005 th...
 
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