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Japanese NGOs Release Joint Statement on Government's Review of Sustainable Development Goals

Nov 23, 2017

Policy / Systems

 

Japanese NGOs Release Joint Statement on Government's Review of Sustainable Development Goals

To report on national progress with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) J...

 
TMG Sewerage Bureau Aims to Make Tokyo a 'Smart Energy City'

Nov 20, 2017

Newsletter

 

TMG Sewerage Bureau Aims to Make Tokyo a 'Smart Energy City'

Sewage systems play an important role in making our lives safe and comfortable...

 
Nara Medical University Launches Medicine-Based Town Research Institute

Nov 17, 2017

Civil Society / Local Issues

 

Nara Medical University Launches Medicine-Based Town Research Institute

Nara Medical University announced on October 12, 2016, that it has launched the...

 
Well-being and Other Social Indicators: A Study of Five Local Governments Initiatives in Japan

Nov 12, 2017

Newsletter

 

Well-being and Other Social Indicators: A Study of Five Local Governments Initiatives in Japan

In recent years, there has been a worldwide trend to rely not only on Gross Do...

 
TEPCO and Shibuya City Test IoT Home Monitoring Service for Seniors

Nov 9, 2017

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

TEPCO and Shibuya City Test IoT Home Monitoring Service for Seniors

Smart Japan Tokyo's Shibuya City and Tokyo Electric Power Company announced pla...

 
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Oct 30, 2017

Newsletter

 

From "Assistance" To "Coexistence" : Japanese NGO Shapla Neer Marks 45 Years of Experience and Learning in International Cooperation

"Shapla Neer=Citizen's Committee in Japan for Overseas Support" is a Japanese ...

 
Takenaka Achieves Zero-Energy Retrofit on Own Building while in Operation, First in Japan

Oct 25, 2017

Corporate

 

Takenaka Achieves Zero-Energy Retrofit on Own Building while in Operation, First in Japan

Takenaka Corp., a leading Japanese construction company, announced on May 17, 2...

 
Nishiawakura's Initiative Based on People Discovering Their Own Desires

Oct 21, 2017

Newsletter

 

Nishiawakura's Initiative Based on People Discovering Their Own Desires

Nishiawakura is a "village" (Japanese "mura," essentially a rural district) lo...

 
Ministry Formulates Basic Strategies to Promote Japanese Environmental Infrastructure Overseas

Oct 18, 2017

Environmental Technology

 

Ministry Formulates Basic Strategies to Promote Japanese Environmental Infrastructure Overseas

Japan's Ministry of the Environment announced on July 25, 2017, that it had dra...

 
METI Releases Case Examples of Smart Communities

Oct 14, 2017

Energy Policy

 

METI Releases Case Examples of Smart Communities

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) released on June 23, 2017, i...

 
Residents Protect Local Livelihoods by Funding Local Shops: Some Examples in Japan

Oct 10, 2017

Newsletter

 

Residents Protect Local Livelihoods by Funding Local Shops: Some Examples in Japan

Imagine all the shops disappearing from where we live; what could we do on suc...

 
Study Shows Buyers of Socially Responsible Products are Happier

Oct 7, 2017

Well-Being

 

Study Shows Buyers of Socially Responsible Products are Happier

SoooooS. Company, a company specializing in the development of social businesse...

 
Radiation Literacy Essential

Oct 4, 2017

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Radiation Literacy Essential

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

 
Implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement: A Report on Japan's Round Table for Studying Energy Situations

Sep 29, 2017

Newsletter

 

Implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement: A Report on Japan's Round Table for Studying Energy Situations

To launch discussions on the nation's Strategic Energy Plan, Japan's Agency fo...

 
Micro Hydro as Farmland Protection against Wild Animals

Sep 27, 2017

Renewable Energy

 

Micro Hydro as Farmland Protection against Wild Animals

Simple and easy-to-install micro hydro generators are being introduced on a bro...

 
Japan's Road Traffic Deaths Drop to 1/4 of Peak Level

Sep 25, 2017

Newsletter

 

Japan's Road Traffic Deaths Drop to 1/4 of Peak Level

According to data published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2015, th...

 
Fujitsu Establishes Medium- to Long-Term Environmental Vision Through 2050

Sep 22, 2017

Corporate

 

Fujitsu Establishes Medium- to Long-Term Environmental Vision Through 2050

The Fujitsu Group released the FUJITSU Climate and Energy Vision, a medium- to...

 
NPO Kids' Door Supports Learning to Help Kids Escape from Poverty

Sep 16, 2017

Well-Being

 

NPO Kids' Door Supports Learning to Help Kids Escape from Poverty

Kids' Door was established in January 2007 to support children in Japan. The J...

 
1% Support Program in Ichinomiya City: Citizens Decide How to Use Their Tax Money

Sep 11, 2017

Newsletter

 

1% Support Program in Ichinomiya City: Citizens Decide How to Use Their Tax Money

In many communities, activities are carried out by citizens for citizens, such...

 
Locally Produced Food in School Lunches----A Challenge by Nyuzen, Japan

Aug 31, 2017

Newsletter

 

Locally Produced Food in School Lunches----A Challenge by Nyuzen, Japan

Japan has various school lunch programs in effect nationwide that involve adva...

 
Collaboration Among Individuals Strengthens Communities: Reflections on the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake

Aug 27, 2017

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Collaboration Among Individuals Strengthens Communities: Reflections on the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake

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

 
Learning from Pollution Experience, Kitakyushu Now Promotes Sustainable Society in Asia

Aug 22, 2017

Newsletter

 

Learning from Pollution Experience, Kitakyushu Now Promotes Sustainable Society in Asia

Kitakyushu City is located at the northern end of the island of Kyushu on the ...

 
Convention Facility in Yokohama Reduces Electricity Costs by Generating Power from Waste

Aug 16, 2017

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Convention Facility in Yokohama Reduces Electricity Costs by Generating Power from Waste

Pacifico Convention Plaza Yokohama announced on March 27, 2017, that starting A...

 
Seikatsu Club: Japanese Cooperative Managed by Members' Will to Confront Social Problems

Aug 11, 2017

Newsletter

 

Seikatsu Club: Japanese Cooperative Managed by Members' Will to Confront Social Problems

Viewing the history of citizen-oriented businesses in Japan, we find they have...

 
Japan-CLP Supports Participation in International Business Initiatives

Aug 8, 2017

Corporate

 

Japan-CLP Supports Participation in International Business Initiatives

Japan Climate Leaders' Partnership (Japan-CLP) announced on April 25, 2017, the...

 
Kyoto Univ. Suggests New Theory to Support Biodiversity

Aug 4, 2017

Ecosystems / Biodiversity

 

Kyoto Univ. Suggests New Theory to Support Biodiversity

Dr. Kazuya Kobayashi, a junior associate professor at Field Science Education a...

 
Aiming to Build New Communities in Earthquake-Stricken Areas: Ishinomaki Jichiren's Initiatives

Jul 31, 2017

Newsletter

 

Aiming to Build New Communities in Earthquake-Stricken Areas: Ishinomaki Jichiren's Initiatives

Six years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011....

 
Bringing Shared Visions to Community Reconstruction

Jul 27, 2017

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Bringing Shared Visions to Community Reconstruction

The JKSK Yui-Yui Project, an initiative to support people in Japan affected by...

 
NEDO Releases First Web-Based Integrated Wind Information System 'NeoWins' for Supporting Offshore Wind Energy Development in Japan

Jul 24, 2017

Environmental Technology

 

NEDO Releases First Web-Based Integrated Wind Information System 'NeoWins' for Supporting Offshore Wind Energy Development in Japan

Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) re...

 
Selling Services, Not Products: 15 years of Efforts and Achievements by Nihonkai Gas

Jul 21, 2017

Newsletter

 

Selling Services, Not Products: 15 years of Efforts and Achievements by Nihonkai Gas

Efforts to shift to circular economies (regenerative economic systems) are acc...

 
Test to Stabilize Wind Power Output Using Compressed Air Energy Storage Gets Underway in Japan

Jul 19, 2017

Environmental Technology

 

Test to Stabilize Wind Power Output Using Compressed Air Energy Storage Gets Underway in Japan

A team of engineers from the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development O...

 
Mental and Emotional Healing of Disaster Survivors Left Behind

Jul 12, 2017

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Mental and Emotional Healing of Disaster Survivors Left Behind

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

 
Japan's Role in Addressing Healthcare, Welfare Issues in an Aging World

Jul 9, 2017

Aging Society

 

Japan's Role in Addressing Healthcare, Welfare Issues in an Aging World

As a global forerunner among aging societies, Japan is now experiencing many p...

 
Let's Enjoy Walking for the Benefits of Better Health -- Smart Wellness Point Project

Jun 30, 2017

Newsletter

 

Let's Enjoy Walking for the Benefits of Better Health -- Smart Wellness Point Project

Japan leads the world in terms of longevity. It is also the fastest aging coun...

 
Japan's Greenhouse Gas Emissions in FY2015 Fall to FY2010 Levels, Conservation and Renewables Cited as Contributors

Jun 28, 2017

Climate Change

 

Japan's Greenhouse Gas Emissions in FY2015 Fall to FY2010 Levels, Conservation and Renewables Cited as Contributors

The Japanese Ministry of the Environment announced on December 6, 2016, prelimi...

 
Newly-developed Electrode Material Promises to Boost Volume, Cut Costs of Hydrogen Production Using Renewable Energy

Jun 23, 2017

Environmental Technology

 

Newly-developed Electrode Material Promises to Boost Volume, Cut Costs of Hydrogen Production Using Renewable Energy

A research team from Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science...

 
'Share Village' Project in Japan Aims for a Million 'Villagers' to Preserve Traditional 'Kominka' Folk Houses and Culture

Jun 18, 2017

Civil Society / Local Issues

 

'Share Village' Project in Japan Aims for a Million 'Villagers' to Preserve Traditional 'Kominka' Folk Houses and Culture

The "Share Village" project has been ongoing in Japan since 2015, with the aim ...

 
Fewer People Think Continued GDP Growth Necessary or Possible -- Survey Results Released

Jun 15, 2017

Newsletter

 

Fewer People Think Continued GDP Growth Necessary or Possible -- Survey Results Released

Changes in technology are enabling our modes of living to be perceived visuall...

 
Japanese City Formulates Comprehensive Strategy to Promote Safe, Sustainable Hydrogen Use

Jun 11, 2017

Energy Policy

 

Japanese City Formulates Comprehensive Strategy to Promote Safe, Sustainable Hydrogen Use

The city of Kamisu in northeastern Japan's Ibaraki Prefecture announced on Mar...

 
Earthquake Disaster an Opportunity for Global Empathy

Jun 7, 2017

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Earthquake Disaster an Opportunity for Global Empathy

Tohoku Fukko Nikki (Tohoku Reconstruction Diary), a weekly column in the Tokyo...

 
The Zero-to-One Village Revitalization Movement in Chizu Town, Tottori Prefecture

May 31, 2017

Newsletter

 

The Zero-to-One Village Revitalization Movement in Chizu Town, Tottori Prefecture

A Japanese town often mentioned as a municipality making innovative efforts to...

 
Tokyo 2020 Game Medals to Be Produced Using Urban Mine

May 25, 2017

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Tokyo 2020 Game Medals to Be Produced Using Urban Mine

The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games announced on...

 
Takenaka Expands Users of Proprietary Wood Technology for Seismic Upgrades, Building Structural Components

May 19, 2017

Corporate

 

Takenaka Expands Users of Proprietary Wood Technology for Seismic Upgrades, Building Structural Components

Due to deregulation and efforts to revitalize Japan's domestic forestry indust...

 
Current Status of Renewable Energy in Japan

May 15, 2017

Newsletter

 

Current Status of Renewable Energy in Japan

In this issue of the JFS Newsletter, we show the current status of renewable e...

 
Japanese Institute Develops Environmental Impact Evaluation System for East Asia

May 13, 2017

Environmental Technology

 

Japanese Institute Develops Environmental Impact Evaluation System for East Asia

The National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan (NIES) announced on De...

 
High School Students Win Special Award for Developing Carbon-Offsetting Products

May 9, 2017

Climate Change

 

High School Students Win Special Award for Developing Carbon-Offsetting Products

The Nanyo Company Club of Nanyo Senior High School in Kyoto was awarded a Speci...

 
NEDO to Launch Demonstration Project for Energy-Saving Seawater Desalination Technology in South Africa

May 7, 2017

Water

 

NEDO to Launch Demonstration Project for Energy-Saving Seawater Desalination Technology in South Africa

The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) in Jap...

 
First Green Bonds Issued by TMG Sell Out on Same Day

May 4, 2017

Money

 

First Green Bonds Issued by TMG Sell Out on Same Day

Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) issued its first green bonds on November 24...

 

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