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Asahi Breweries Succeeds in Long Continuous SOFC Power Generation Using Biogas Produced in Wastewater Treatment

Jul 20, 2018

Corporate

 

Asahi Breweries Succeeds in Long Continuous SOFC Power Generation Using Biogas Produced in Wastewater Treatment

Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. announced on May 15, 2018, that it had established a...

 
Updating Fukushima's Image

Jul 18, 2018

Nuclear Power

 

Updating Fukushima's Image

What aspects of Fukushima's image should be updated, in what way, and from who...

 
'Good Companies in Japan' (Article No.4):  'Eightfold Satisfaction' Management for Everyone's Happiness

Jul 16, 2018

Newsletter

 

'Good Companies in Japan' (Article No.4): 'Eightfold Satisfaction' Management for Everyone's Happiness

The JFS newsletter has introduced a selected series of examples of good compan...

 
Osaka City University Develops CO2 Consuming Biofuel Cell Utilizing Microalgae Spirulina

Jul 15, 2018

Environmental Technology

 

Osaka City University Develops CO2 Consuming Biofuel Cell Utilizing Microalgae Spirulina

Osaka City University announced on April 25, 2018, that it succeeded in develop...

 
Renewable Energy Institute Releases

Jul 13, 2018

Energy Policy

 

Renewable Energy Institute Releases "Restructuring of Japan's Bio-energy Strategy": Recommendation of Review on FIT Scheme

The Renewable Energy Institute, a public interested corporate foundation in Jap...

 
Japan Weather Association and NEC Collaborate to Reduce Food Waste Using Big Data

Jul 11, 2018

Food

 

Japan Weather Association and NEC Collaborate to Reduce Food Waste Using Big Data

A new initiative in Japan is tackling the global issue of food loss and waste ...

 
Communicating the Current State of Fukushima

Jul 8, 2018

Nuclear Power

 

Communicating the Current State of Fukushima

How is the current situation in Fukushima being communicated today, and how ar...

 
Japan's Ministry of Environment Uses 'Nudge' Behavioral Science for Low Carbon Initiatives

Jul 6, 2018

Policy / Systems

 

Japan's Ministry of Environment Uses 'Nudge' Behavioral Science for Low Carbon Initiatives

Japan's Ministry of the Environment has been testing a new "nudge" policy appro...

 
Kyoto University Irrigates Desert with Flash Floods

Jul 4, 2018

Environmental Technology

 

Kyoto University Irrigates Desert with Flash Floods

An International Study Group consisting of Kyoto University, Japan and Mutah Un...

 
Thoughts on Fukushima Today -

Jul 2, 2018

Nuclear Power

 

Thoughts on Fukushima Today - "Update Fukushima"

The Executive Committee of "Update Fukushima" on February 10, 2018, cohosted a...

 

Jun 29, 2018

Newsletter

 

"Nai-Mono-Wa-Nai": Ama Town's Concept of Sufficiency and Message to the World

Junko Edahiro, chief executive of Japan for Sustainability, delivered a presen...

 
Organic Farming in Abandoned Farmland in Fukushima

Jun 25, 2018

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Organic Farming in Abandoned Farmland in Fukushima

Tohoku Fukko Nikki (Tohoku Reconstruction Diary), a weekly feature in the Toky...

 
Japanese Agency Analysis Shows Summer Warming and Drying in Arctic

Jun 18, 2018

Climate Change

 

Japanese Agency Analysis Shows Summer Warming and Drying in Arctic

The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) reported on ...

 
'Yumekaze' Wind Turbine Project Connects Metro Consumers and Regional Producers: Seikatsu Club Consumers' Co-operative

Jun 15, 2018

Newsletter

 

'Yumekaze' Wind Turbine Project Connects Metro Consumers and Regional Producers: Seikatsu Club Consumers' Co-operative

The Seikatsu Club Consumers' Co-operative Union (Seikatsu Club) is a joint ass...

 
Global Warming Likely to Expand Radius of Gale Force Wind of Tropical Cyclones

Jun 11, 2018

Climate Change

 

Global Warming Likely to Expand Radius of Gale Force Wind of Tropical Cyclones

The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology and the University of ...

 
Over 2,000 Kodomo-Shokudo Cafeterias Providing Free or Discounted Meals to Children in Japan

Jun 5, 2018

Civil Society / Local Issues

 

Over 2,000 Kodomo-Shokudo Cafeterias Providing Free or Discounted Meals to Children in Japan

A citizens' group, the Kodomo-Shokudo Safety and Security Improvement Committee...

 
Scientists Succeed in Quantifying Arctic Ocean CO2 Uptake for the First Time

Jun 3, 2018

Climate Change

 

Scientists Succeed in Quantifying Arctic Ocean CO2 Uptake for the First Time

The Japan Agency for Marine Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) and the Mete...

 
Shaping Japan's Energy toward 2050 Participating in the Round Table for Studying Energy Situations

May 31, 2018

Newsletter

 

Shaping Japan's Energy toward 2050 Participating in the Round Table for Studying Energy Situations

Japan's Basic Act on Energy Policy directs the government to draft a Basic (or...

 
Tokyo, NTT Docomo Conduct Trial of Food Loss Reduction Program

May 27, 2018

Food

 

Tokyo, NTT Docomo Conduct Trial of Food Loss Reduction Program

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and NTT Docomo announced on January 15, 2018,...

 
TEPCO to Test New Service to Temporarily

May 23, 2018

Corporate

 

TEPCO to Test New Service to Temporarily "Keep" Surplus Power from Residential Solar Panels

A trial for a unique new service to virtually "keep" surplus power temporarily...

 
Japanese Ministry Revises Guidelines for Private Sector Engagement in Biodiversity

May 20, 2018

Ecosystems / Biodiversity

 

Japanese Ministry Revises Guidelines for Private Sector Engagement in Biodiversity

Skitterphoto. Japan's Ministry of Environment (MOE) announced on December 8, 201...

 
'Good Companies in Japan' (Article No.3):  Seeking Ways to Develop Societal Contribution along with Core Businesses

May 16, 2018

Newsletter

 

'Good Companies in Japan' (Article No.3): Seeking Ways to Develop Societal Contribution along with Core Businesses

The JFS newsletter introduces a selected series of examples of good companies ...

 
Transitioning to Farming that does not Harm the Environment

May 13, 2018

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Transitioning to Farming that does not Harm the Environment

Tohoku Fukko Nikki (Tohoku Reconstruction Diary), a weekly feature in the Toky...

 
Fujitsu Research Institute Launches a Local Virtual Power Plant Initiative

May 10, 2018

Corporate

 

Fujitsu Research Institute Launches a Local Virtual Power Plant Initiative

Fujitsu Research Institute, a Japanese research and consulting company, announc...

 
Meguro City to Support Renewable Energy Business of Sister City Kesennuma by Purchasing FIT Electricity Generated from Forest Thinnings

May 7, 2018

Civil Society / Local Issues

 

Meguro City to Support Renewable Energy Business of Sister City Kesennuma by Purchasing FIT Electricity Generated from Forest Thinnings

Meguro City (Tokyo) announced on December 25, 2017, that it will purchase woody...

 
New Method for Generating Power and Heat from Weeds, and Potential Agricultural Uses

May 4, 2018

Environmental Technology

 

New Method for Generating Power and Heat from Weeds, and Potential Agricultural Uses

A new power generation method using weeds as fuel has been developed in Japan....

 
Musashino University Students Educate and Inspire Others at Environmental Festival in Tokyo

Apr 30, 2018

Education

 

Musashino University Students Educate and Inspire Others at Environmental Festival in Tokyo

At JFS we believe that environmental education has a very important role to pl...

 
'What Are the Roles of Zoos Today?' - Interview with Director of the Popular Asahiyama Zoo

Apr 27, 2018

Newsletter

 

'What Are the Roles of Zoos Today?' - Interview with Director of the Popular Asahiyama Zoo

The Asahiyama Zoo, located in Asahikawa City, Hokkaido, Japan, opened in 1967 ...

 
LIXIL Announces Joint Declaration on Hygiene Issues on World Toilet Day

Apr 23, 2018

Corporate

 

LIXIL Announces Joint Declaration on Hygiene Issues on World Toilet Day

LIXIL Corp., a Japanese living and housing solutions company, announced on Nove...

 
JANIC Releases

Apr 19, 2018

Others

 

JANIC Releases "Posters with a Few Extra Words" to Raise Awareness of SDGs

The Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC), a non-profit organ...

 
The Growing Senior Population in Japan's Metropolitan Areas: Challenges for Japan, Hints for the World

Apr 15, 2018

Newsletter

 

The Growing Senior Population in Japan's Metropolitan Areas: Challenges for Japan, Hints for the World

In depopulated mountain villages of Japan, it's mostly elderly people who are ...

 
Japanese Researchers Achieve World's First Production of Hydrogen from Water and Visible Sunlight

Apr 12, 2018

Environmental Technology

 

Japanese Researchers Achieve World's First Production of Hydrogen from Water and Visible Sunlight

With permission from Smart Japan, a news site providing the latest information...

 
Japan Adopts Basic Strategy to Realize Hydrogen-Based Society

Apr 8, 2018

Energy Policy

 

Japan Adopts Basic Strategy to Realize Hydrogen-Based Society

The Japanese government formulated on Dec. 26, 2017, a basic strategy for promo...

 
Japanese Researchers Develop Flame-Retardant Electrolyte for Safer Batteries

Apr 4, 2018

Environmental Technology

 

Japanese Researchers Develop Flame-Retardant Electrolyte for Safer Batteries

The University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, and Japan's National Institute for M...

 
Nishiawakura's Initiative for 100% Energy Self-Sufficiency, and a Municipal ICO Scheme

Mar 30, 2018

Newsletter

 

Nishiawakura's Initiative for 100% Energy Self-Sufficiency, and a Municipal ICO Scheme

The February 2018 issue of the JFS Newsletter reported on a Japanese village's...

 
SAVE JAPAN Project Recognized with Award for Sustainability Initiatives

Mar 28, 2018

Corporate

 

SAVE JAPAN Project Recognized with Award for Sustainability Initiatives

The SAVE JAPAN Project of the Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc. was recogniz...

 
Renewable Energy from Fukushima to be Used at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Mar 25, 2018

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Renewable Energy from Fukushima to be Used at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Tohoku Fukko Nikki (Tohoku Reconstruction Diary), a weekly feature in the Toky...

 
Japan Meteorological Agency Providing Monitored Information on Ocean Acidification Worldwide

Mar 22, 2018

Climate Change

 

Japan Meteorological Agency Providing Monitored Information on Ocean Acidification Worldwide

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) announced on November 27, 2017, that it h...

 
Toyota Publishes Report on Hydrogen Use

Mar 19, 2018

Corporate

 

Toyota Publishes Report on Hydrogen Use

As co-chair of the Hydrogen Council, Toyota Motor Corporation issued a statemen...

 

Mar 15, 2018

Newsletter

 

"Good Companies in Japan" (Article No. 2): Seeking "Happiness" for All Stakeholders

This JFS newsletter series introduces selected examples of good companies in J...

 
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Aims for Zero Emissions during Olympic Ceremonies by Using Carbon Credits

Mar 12, 2018

Climate Change

 

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Aims for Zero Emissions during Olympic Ceremonies by Using Carbon Credits

The Bureau of Environment of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced on Oct...

 
Giving Tohoku Children Opportunities to Enjoy the Sea

Mar 8, 2018

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Giving Tohoku Children Opportunities to Enjoy the Sea

Tohoku Fukko Nikki (Tohoku Reconstruction Diary) is a weekly feature in the To...

 
Community Nurse Project to Elevate Community Health Across Japan

Mar 4, 2018

Civil Society / Local Issues

 

Community Nurse Project to Elevate Community Health Across Japan

Bono Inc., a Japanese startup, launched a community nurse project as a new bus...

 
Nishiawakura's Initiative for Self-Dependence Attracting Motivated Young People to Migrate to the Village and Start Businesses

Feb 28, 2018

Newsletter

 

Nishiawakura's Initiative for Self-Dependence Attracting Motivated Young People to Migrate to the Village and Start Businesses

Nishiawakura is a "village" ("mura," Japanese rural district) with a populatio...

 
Aleph Wins Hokkaido Biodiversity Conservation Award

Feb 24, 2018

Corporate

 

Aleph Wins Hokkaido Biodiversity Conservation Award

Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost prefecture, announced the winners of its first b...

 
'Future Chart' City Visualizer Now Available for Municipalities in Japan

Feb 19, 2018

Population Decline

 

'Future Chart' City Visualizer Now Available for Municipalities in Japan

Professor Hidefumi Kurasaka and his team at Chiba University Graduate School ma...

 

Feb 15, 2018

Newsletter

 

"We Sell Services, Not Products": Using LCA to Measure the Environmental Benefits of Nihonkai Gas's Heater Rentals

Nihonkai Gas's PaaS Model Fan Heater Rental Service In our July 2017 issue, we...

 
Japanese Ministry Announces Follow-up Results of Climate Adaptation Measures

Feb 11, 2018

Climate Change Adaptation

 

Japanese Ministry Announces Follow-up Results of Climate Adaptation Measures

The Japanese Ministry of the Environment announced on October 11, 2017, that i...

 
RIKEN Study Successfully Enhances Tolerance of Plants to Salt Stress

Feb 8, 2018

Environmental Technology

 

RIKEN Study Successfully Enhances Tolerance of Plants to Salt Stress

The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) in Japan announced on N...

 
Research Center for Community Building Opens

Feb 4, 2018

Education

 

Research Center for Community Building Opens

Tohoku Fukko Nikki (Tohoku Reconstruction Diary), a weekly feature in the Toky...

 

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