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The Story of Japan's First Citizen-Funded Wind Power Plant: The Path to Success

Jun 23, 2016

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[May 2016] 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

Jun 13, 2016

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[May 2016] 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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[May 2016] 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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[April 2016] 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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[April 2016] 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

Apr 28, 2016

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[April 2016] '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

Apr 21, 2016

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[March 2016] 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

Apr 14, 2016

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[March 2016] 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

Mar 31, 2016

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[March 2016] 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

Mar 16, 2016

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[February 2016] 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

Feb 29, 2016

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[February 2016] 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'

Feb 18, 2016

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[January 2016] 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

Feb 09, 2016

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[January 2016] 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

Jan 29, 2016

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[January 2016] 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

Jan 19, 2016

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[December 2015] 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...

 
Aiming for Happiest Marginal Community in Japan through Renewable Energy

Dec 28, 2015

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[December 2015] 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

Dec 21, 2015

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[November 2015] 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

Dec 12, 2015

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[November 2015] 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!

Nov 28, 2015

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[November 2015] 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

Nov 20, 2015

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[October 2015] 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

Nov 12, 2015

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[October 2015] '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

Oct 30, 2015

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[October 2015] 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

Oct 13, 2015

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[September 2015] '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

Sep 30, 2015

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[September 2015] 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

Sep 22, 2015

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[August 2015] 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

Sep 11, 2015

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[August 2015] 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

Aug 31, 2015

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[August 2015] '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

Aug 19, 2015

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[July 2015] 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

Aug 11, 2015

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[July 2015] 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)

Jul 31, 2015

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[July 2015] 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'

Jul 20, 2015

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[June 2015] 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)

Jul 13, 2015

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[June 2015] 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

Jun 30, 2015

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[June 2015] 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)

Jun 17, 2015

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[May 2015] 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

Jun 09, 2015

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[May 2015] 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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[May 2015] 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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[April 2015] 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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[April 2015] "Rooftop Leasing" Photovoltaic Generation Spreading across Japan

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

 
Japan's

Apr 20, 2015

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[March 2015] 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)

Apr 13, 2015

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[March 2015] 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...

 
New Dining Style: Salvage Party Refashions Leftovers into Delicious Dishes

Mar 31, 2015

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[March 2015] New Dining Style: Salvage Party Refashions Leftovers into Delicious Dishes

Salvage Parties or "Salpa" have been attracting attention in Japan. At a Salpa...

 
Everyday Shopping Can Promote Local Economies, Says JFS Survey

Mar 17, 2015

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[February 2015] Everyday Shopping Can Promote Local Economies, Says JFS Survey

There was a shocking prediction that made headlines all over Japan in May 2014...

 
Development of Cosmetics -- Toward Abolishment of Animal Testing

Mar 09, 2015

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[February 2015] Development of Cosmetics -- Toward Abolishment of Animal Testing

Did you know that animal testing is conducted as part of cosmetics development...

 
Global Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction for Civil Society: Recognizing the Role of Citizens

Feb 27, 2015

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[February 2015] Global Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction for Civil Society: Recognizing the Role of Citizens

The United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) will b...

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

Feb 16, 2015

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[January 2015] Current Status of SRI and Related Issues as It Expands in Japan

The Global Sustainable Investment Review 2012 issued by the Global Sustainable...

 
The Correlation Between the Sense of Well-Being and the Labor Market in Japan

Feb 07, 2015

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[January 2015] The Correlation Between the Sense of Well-Being and the Labor Market in Japan

An interesting discussion on the characteristics of the Japanese people's subj...

 
The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development: Achievements and Prospects from the Perspective of Citizens' Initiatives in Japan

Jan 30, 2015

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[January 2015] The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development: Achievements and Prospects from the Perspective of Citizens' Initiatives in Japan

The year 2015 has now begun. The decade starting from 2005 was designated by t...

 
Achievements of Japan's Feed-In Tariff Scheme and Challenges for Power System Reform

Jan 24, 2015

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[December 2014] Achievements of Japan's Feed-In Tariff Scheme and Challenges for Power System Reform

As JFS reported in an article released on November 3, 2014, Japan's power comp...

 

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