Japans Sustainability Down 19%
for Sustainability (JFS) has chosen 20 headline
indicators for sustainability based on an analysis
of over 200 data sets in several sustainability-related
categories. This is the first ever numerical evaluation
/ trial calculation of national sustainability
for Japan. Results show a score of 33.5 points
for 2005 in relation to a hypothetical perfect
score of 100 projected for 2050. Japans
score for 1990 was 41.3 points, meaning sustainability
in Japan has declined about 19% since 1990. (>>Press
Aims of establishing Sustainable
In Japan, a number of environmental-related efforts
and initiatives are underway by a variety of players.
Some say, as a whole, the level of activities
in this field could be among the most advanced
in the world. Yet regrettably, these positive
endeavors are not strong enough to reverse the
trends of global warming, environmental destruction
and pollution, which steadily continue with no
apparent end in sight.
To what degree do individual initiatives and
achievements by each ministry, corporation, municipality,
NGO and citizen contribute to a collective advancement
towards an environmental sustainable society?
As a result of these efforts, is Japan closer
to sustainability, compared to the year before?
Have we moved forward and closer even by an inch?
Or somehow have we moving backwards, farther from
In order to make answers to these questions visible,
we at JFS envision defining indicators and work
little by little to draw a big picture of a Vision
of a Sustainable Japan or The shape
of a sustainable country.
People do something only after they realize those
problems. We aim at raising the peoples
awareness by visualizing and quantifying the Vision
of a Sustainable Japan. We hope the indicators
will give an opportunity for many people to look
at the Overall Picture of Sustainable Japan
Overview of the Project