Eco-business / Social Venture

Recyclable Takeout Food Container Developed

December 3, 2003

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Recyclable Takeout Food Container Developed

Shuei Co. Ltd., a paper container manufacturer in Higashi-Osaka City, announc...
 
Heiwa Paper Starts Selling Printing Paper from Plantation Thinning

December 2, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Heiwa Paper Starts Selling Printing Paper from Plantation Thinning

Heiwa Paper Co., a leader in the Japanese paper industry, started offering a new...
 
Sony Music Using Recycled-Paper CD Jackets

November 21, 2003

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Sony Music Using Recycled-Paper CD Jackets

Sony Music Entertainment Japan Inc. (SMEJ), one of the largest corporations in t...
 
Light, Flexible Solar Cell Developed

November 15, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Light, Flexible Solar Cell Developed

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) announced on September 16, 2003, that it has started samp...
 
IBM Japan Offers Electrical 'Peak Shifting' Software for ThinkPad Laptops

November 9, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

IBM Japan Offers Electrical 'Peak Shifting' Software for ThinkPad Laptops

IBM Japan Ltd. has added a feature that will help reduce electricity use at peak...
 
Nissan Diesel to Utilize Urea Solution to Reduce NOx in Truck Emissions

November 5, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Nissan Diesel to Utilize Urea Solution to Reduce NOx in Truck Emissions

Nissan Diesel Motor Co. announced that it will begin next year to market heavy-d...
 
Whole-bean Tofu Now on Sale

October 20, 2003

Food

 

Whole-bean Tofu Now on Sale

Taishi Food Inc., one of Japan's major tofu (soybean curd) manufacturers, has st...
 
Bamboo Processed into a Cotton-like Fiber

October 17, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Bamboo Processed into a Cotton-like Fiber

Ban Co., a venture-backed startup business in Japan's Tokushima Prefecture, has ...
 
Biwako Bank¡Çs Financial Services Support Environmental Activities

September 27, 2003

Money

 

Biwako Bank¡Çs Financial Services Support Environmental Activities

Biwako Bank in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, has started to offer a variety of financ...
 
Ultra Thin Solar Panels for Rooftops of Existing Houses

September 27, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Ultra Thin Solar Panels for Rooftops of Existing Houses

On August 1, 2003, as one of its series of "Sunbest" photovoltaic (PV) systems, ...
 
Teachers' Mutual-Aid Association Uses Pension Funds for Socially Responsible Investment

September 27, 2003

Money

 

Teachers' Mutual-Aid Association Uses Pension Funds for Socially Responsible Investment

The Teachers' Mutual-Aid Association of Tokyo has disclosed that, starting in 20...
 
Green Purchasing Network Releases Checklist on Companies

September 27, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Green Purchasing Network Releases Checklist on Companies

The Green Purchasing Network, a Japanese network that encourages companies, gove...
 
Ricoh Establishes Environmental Standard on Paper Products

September 27, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Ricoh Establishes Environmental Standard on Paper Products

Ricoh Co., a major Japanese manufacturer of office equipment and supplies, has e...
 
NEC Launches Service to Buyback, Refurbish and Resell Used PCs

September 27, 2003

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

NEC Launches Service to Buyback, Refurbish and Resell Used PCs

Japan's NEC Corporation and NEC Personal Products, Ltd. started on July 22, 2003...
 
Japan's First Energy Consulting Company for the Service Sector

September 27, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Japan's First Energy Consulting Company for the Service Sector

On July 23, 2003, the Japan Research Institute Ltd., together with the cooperati...
 
NEC Unveils Notebook PC with Built-in Fuel Cell

September 27, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

NEC Unveils Notebook PC with Built-in Fuel Cell

On 30 June, 2003, the NEC Corporation demonstrated a prototype notebook PC that ...
 
Toyota to Build Pilot Bio-Plastic Plant

September 27, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Toyota to Build Pilot Bio-Plastic Plant

Toyota Motor Corp. announced its plan to construct a pilot plant for producing b...
 
Honda First to Supply a Fuel Cell Vehicle to Private Firm

September 27, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Honda First to Supply a Fuel Cell Vehicle to Private Firm

One of Japan's leading automakers, Honda Motor Co., Ltd., became the world's fir...
 
World's Largest Life Cycle Assessment Database Goes Live

September 27, 2003

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World's Largest Life Cycle Assessment Database Goes Live

Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has been developing a database f...
 
Lion Corp. Conducts Environmental Survey of Homemakers

September 27, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Lion Corp. Conducts Environmental Survey of Homemakers

Lion Corporation, a major Japanese manufacturer of home products such as toothpa...
 
Ito En Develops Plastic that Incorporates Used Tea Leaves

September 27, 2003

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Ito En Develops Plastic that Incorporates Used Tea Leaves

Ito En Ltd., a major supplier of tea leaves and beverage products in Japan, anno...
 
Electric Utility Planning to Sell Steam

August 16, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Electric Utility Planning to Sell Steam

Japan's Chugoku Electric Power Co. announced on June 13, 2003, that it would sel...
 
Idemitsu to Begin World's First Tests of Kerosene-Fueled Fuel Cell

August 11, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Idemitsu to Begin World's First Tests of Kerosene-Fueled Fuel Cell

Japan's Idemitsu Kosan Co. announced that it will begin feasibility tests in lat...
 
Low-Cost Windpower Generators Run on a Breeze

August 6, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Low-Cost Windpower Generators Run on a Breeze

Shinko Electric Co. has developed a small, low-cost windpower generator for resi...
 
Greening with Moss!

August 4, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Greening with Moss!

Moss Catch System Yamagata Co. has developed a system that uses "moss mats" t...
 
Toyota Re-delivers Recalled Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicles

August 1, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Toyota Re-delivers Recalled Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicles

Toyota Motor Corp. announced that it will re-deliver on July 4, 2003 the six fue...
 
Idea Competition for

August 1, 2003

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Idea Competition for "Eco-Community" Project Funding

Japan's Ministry of the Environment (MOE) held an open competition on proposals ...
 
Broken Baseball Bats Turned into Chopsticks

July 30, 2003

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Broken Baseball Bats Turned into Chopsticks

Chopsticks recycled from broken wooden baseball bats are being sold at departmen...
 
Toyota Unveils Eco-Vehicle Assessment System

July 28, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Toyota Unveils Eco-Vehicle Assessment System

Toyota Motor Corp. announced plans to introduce a unique and comprehensive envir...
 
Report on Green Financing & Socially Responsible Investment

July 25, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Report on Green Financing & Socially Responsible Investment

Japan's Ministry of the Environment published a comparative survey on Socially R...
 
Eco-Drive Navigation System Analyzes Driving Performance Instantly

July 19, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Eco-Drive Navigation System Analyzes Driving Performance Instantly

Miyama, Inc. of Japan, started distributing the Eco-Drive Navigation System MHS-...
 
Cell Phone Energy Consumption Reduced to One Fortieth in a Decade

July 18, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Cell Phone Energy Consumption Reduced to One Fortieth in a Decade

Cell phones are now the craze in Japan – half the population has cell phon...
 
New Mazda Technology Reduces Diesel Emissions

July 14, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

New Mazda Technology Reduces Diesel Emissions

Japan's Mazda Motor Corporation has developed a clean diesel engine that signifi...
 
Musashino City Starts 'Green Partner' Registration System

July 12, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Musashino City Starts 'Green Partner' Registration System

Musashino City, a part of Tokyo, launched a new system that allows eco-friendly ...
 
MHI Develops World's Smallest Home Fuel Cell

July 11, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

MHI Develops World's Smallest Home Fuel Cell

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI), one of Japan's leading heavy machinery m...
 
Environment Ministry Estimates Future Prospects of Environmental Business

July 10, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Environment Ministry Estimates Future Prospects of Environmental Business

Japan's Ministry of the Environment recently released estimates of the market si...
 
Envelopes Made of Wood from Forest Maintenance Hit the Market

July 9, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Envelopes Made of Wood from Forest Maintenance Hit the Market

Since January 15, 2003, special envelopes made using wood gathered from the main...
 
Nippon Express Begins Waste-Free Moving Service Using New Packing Materials

July 4, 2003

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Nippon Express Begins Waste-Free Moving Service Using New Packing Materials

On June 1, 2003, Nippon Express Co., a major freight company in Japan, began a n...
 
Toshiba to Launch 'Disappearing Ink' in Autumn

July 2, 2003

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Toshiba to Launch 'Disappearing Ink' in Autumn

In fall 2003, Japan's Toshiba Corporation will launch sales of "disappearing" pr...
 
Economic and Environment Ministries to Promote Greening of Petroleum Revenue Spending

July 1, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Economic and Environment Ministries to Promote Greening of Petroleum Revenue Spending

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of the Envir...
 
Toyota Recalls Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicles

June 26, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Toyota Recalls Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicles

On May 19, 2003, Toyota Motor Corp. announced that it would recall all of the si...
 
Breakthrough in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

June 18, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Breakthrough in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

Japan's Kansai Electric Power Co. (KEPCO) and Mitsubishi Materials Corporation, ...
 
INAX Expands Home Remodeling Business

June 13, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

INAX Expands Home Remodeling Business

Japan's INAX Corporation, a supplier of building materials and equipment, opened...
 
Sharp Introduces World's Most Efficient Photovoltaic Module

June 7, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Sharp Introduces World's Most Efficient Photovoltaic Module

Sharp Corporation will launch sales of a single-crystal photovoltaic (PV) module...
 
Tree Planting Online Game to Support Reforestation

June 3, 2003

Ecosystems / Biodiversity

 

Tree Planting Online Game to Support Reforestation

On April 1, 2003, Fujitsu Limited, one of Japan's providers of information techn...
 
Railway Company Kintetsu Recycles Commuter Passes

June 2, 2003

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Railway Company Kintetsu Recycles Commuter Passes

On March 20, 2003, Kinki Nippon Railway Co., known in Japan as Kintetsu, togethe...
 
By-Product of Beer Makes Tomatoes Sweet

May 31, 2003

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

By-Product of Beer Makes Tomatoes Sweet

Japan's Asahi Ecology Co., jointly established by Asahi Breweries Ltd. and Shin ...
 
Consortium Formed to Develop Household Fuel Cell Market

May 29, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Consortium Formed to Develop Household Fuel Cell Market

On 16 April 2003, the Japan Research Institute announced that it will form a con...
 
Green Purchasing by Government Reduces Environmental Impact

May 21, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Green Purchasing by Government Reduces Environmental Impact

Japan's Ministry of the Environment conducted a survey on certain items to deter...
 
Shiga Bank Makes Novelty Goods Green

May 17, 2003

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Shiga Bank Makes Novelty Goods Green

Japan's Shiga Bank Ltd., based in Shiga Prefecture, has totally switched its pro...
 
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