Eco-business / Social Venture

Coffee Shops Start Bring-Your-Own Bottle Service

October 26, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Coffee Shops Start Bring-Your-Own Bottle Service

More and more coffee shops are now providing coffee or tea service when people b...
 
Matsushita to Release 10,000-Hour Long-Life Fluorescent Bulb

October 20, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Matsushita to Release 10,000-Hour Long-Life Fluorescent Bulb

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., a major manufacturer of electronic products ...
 
Light-Weight, Low-Cost Wall Greening System Developed

September 29, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Light-Weight, Low-Cost Wall Greening System Developed

Shimizu Corp., a major Japanese construction company, and Minoru Industrial Co.,...
 
Tostem Launches 'CO2 Diet Certificate' for Energy-Saving Homes

September 21, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Tostem Launches 'CO2 Diet Certificate' for Energy-Saving Homes

On July 1, 2006, Tostem Co., one of Japan's largest housing equipment manufactur...
 
New Business to Evaluate Social and Environmental Benefits of Corporate Green Zones

September 18, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

New Business to Evaluate Social and Environmental Benefits of Corporate Green Zones

Kokusai Kogyo Co., a Japanese engineering consultant company, started a new serv...
 
New Vending Machines Accepting Donations, Bring-Your-Own Cups

August 16, 2006

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

New Vending Machines Accepting Donations, Bring-Your-Own Cups

A vending machine that accepts donations, the first of its kind in Japan, made i...
 
Honda Develops Plant-Based Fabric for Use in Automobile Interiors

August 16, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Honda Develops Plant-Based Fabric for Use in Automobile Interiors

Honda Motor Co. announced on May 25, 2006 that it has succeeded in developing bi...
 
Environmentally Friendly Tunnel Lighting System Released

July 30, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Environmentally Friendly Tunnel Lighting System Released

Matsushita Electric Works Ltd., a major manufacturer of electronic products in J...
 
Online Database of Corporate Environmental Activities Updated

July 30, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Online Database of Corporate Environmental Activities Updated

The Global Environmental Information Centre (GEIC), a joint project of the Unite...
 
Abandoned Bamboo Forests Provide Pellets Being Developed as Cattle Fodder

July 26, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Abandoned Bamboo Forests Provide Pellets Being Developed as Cattle Fodder

Shinkou Kouki Corp., a Japanese manufacturer and distributor of wood pellets for...
 
Aomori Prefecture Launches ESCO Business at its Gov't Offices

June 22, 2006

Energy Conservation

 

Aomori Prefecture Launches ESCO Business at its Gov't Offices

Aomori Prefecture launched an energy saving (ESCO) business project in April 200...
 
Formaldehyde Source Detection Sheet Developed

June 18, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Formaldehyde Source Detection Sheet Developed

A simplified formaldehyde source detection sheet has been developed by the Build...
 
Teijin Develops Heat-Resistant Bioplastic

June 18, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Teijin Develops Heat-Resistant Bioplastic

Teijin Ltd., a major Japanese polyester manufacturer, and Musashino Chemical Lab...
 
Taisei Corp. Designs Practical Sunlighting System Using Mirrors

June 18, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Taisei Corp. Designs Practical Sunlighting System Using Mirrors

Taisei Corp., a major Japanese construction company, has jointly developed a sun...
 
New Car Interior Material, Plant-Based Plastic Plus Bamboo Fibers, to Cut CO2 Emissions

June 2, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

New Car Interior Material, Plant-Based Plastic Plus Bamboo Fibers, to Cut CO2 Emissions

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. announced on February 14, 2006 that it has jointly devel...
 
Asahi Kasei Group Wins Top Environmental Prize

May 21, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Asahi Kasei Group Wins Top Environmental Prize

Asahi Kasei Group, consisting of Asahi Kasei and its affiliates covering a varie...
 
Sanyo Electric Sells Washer/Dryer with Ozone-Disinfection Function

May 14, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Sanyo Electric Sells Washer/Dryer with Ozone-Disinfection Function

On March 11, 2006, Sanyo Electric Co., a major Japanese consumer electronics man...
 
Old Rubber Trees Reborn as Toys for Children

May 12, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Old Rubber Trees Reborn as Toys for Children

Bandai Co., a leading Japanese toymaker, has launched 10 types of "Recolo" woode...
 
Toray Develops Vegetable-Based Material for High-Performance Films

May 12, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Toray Develops Vegetable-Based Material for High-Performance Films

Toray Industries, Inc., a leading Japanese manufacturer of fibers, plastics and ...
 
Hitachi Air Conditioner Wins Energy Conservation Award

May 7, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Hitachi Air Conditioner Wins Energy Conservation Award

A new in-store package air conditioner system developed by Hitachi Air Condition...
 
Shops Honored with FY 2005 Prizes for Promoting Energy-efficient Goods

May 5, 2006

Energy Conservation

 

Shops Honored with FY 2005 Prizes for Promoting Energy-efficient Goods

A total of 108 shops, including 90 large and 18 small shops out of 373 and 36 ap...
 
Environment/Economy Harmonization Projects in 2nd Year

May 3, 2006

Policy / Systems

 

Environment/Economy Harmonization Projects in 2nd Year

The Japanese Ministry of the Environment has been deploying a three-year program...
 
Itochu Corp. to Launch Recyclable 'MOTTAINAI' Brand Neckties

April 27, 2006

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Itochu Corp. to Launch Recyclable 'MOTTAINAI' Brand Neckties

Itochu Corp., a major Japanese trading company, started selling neckties in Apri...
 
FSC-Certified Copy Paper Marketed

April 26, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

FSC-Certified Copy Paper Marketed

Eco-friendly copy paper made from woodchips coming from a forest certified by th...
 
Toyota Hybrid Sales Top 500,000 Units Worldwide

April 20, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Toyota Hybrid Sales Top 500,000 Units Worldwide

Cumulative global sales of hybrid vehicles manufactured by Toyota Motor Corp. ex...
 
Ceiling Material Incorporating a Photocatalyst Marketed

April 20, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Ceiling Material Incorporating a Photocatalyst Marketed

Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd. of Japan, a core member of the Matsushita Group,...
 
INAX Develops Water-Saving Toilets with New Flushing System

April 17, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

INAX Develops Water-Saving Toilets with New Flushing System

INAX Corp., a major Japanese manufacturer of bathroom fixtures, announced on Jan...
 
Matsushita Battery Develops Micro Fuel Cell for Mobile Devices

April 7, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Matsushita Battery Develops Micro Fuel Cell for Mobile Devices

Matsushita Battery Industrial Co. (MBI), a subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Ind...
 
Environment Ministry Cites 8 Outstanding Eco-Community Projects

April 5, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Environment Ministry Cites 8 Outstanding Eco-Community Projects

The Japanese Ministry of the Environment announced on October 21, 2005 that it h...
 
Sekisui House Launches Eco-friendly Home Model Series

March 29, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Sekisui House Launches Eco-friendly Home Model Series

Sekisui House Ltd., a major Japanese home builder, launched on November 4, 2005 ...
 
High-Performance Fabrics for Cold Season Developed

March 11, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

High-Performance Fabrics for Cold Season Developed

Under the government's "Warm Biz" energy-saving campaign to encourage offices to...
 
8th Green Purchasing Award Winners Announced

March 4, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

8th Green Purchasing Award Winners Announced

The Green Purchasing Network (GPN) announced the winners of the 8th "Green Purch...
 
Easy-to-Recycle Cardboard Box Appears in Vegetable Markets

March 1, 2006

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Easy-to-Recycle Cardboard Box Appears in Vegetable Markets

Japan's Toppan Printing Co. and its subsidiary, Toppan Containers Co., announced...
 
New Brewer's Yeast-Based Plant Activator Launched

March 1, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

New Brewer's Yeast-Based Plant Activator Launched

Asahi Food & Healthcare, Ltd., a subsidiary of Asahi Breweries Ltd., began selli...
 
Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd. Nears Commercialization of Energy-Efficient LED Lighting System

February 26, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd. Nears Commercialization of Energy-Efficient LED Lighting System

Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd. announced on October 20, 2005 that it may soon b...
 
Patagonia Japan Sells T-Shirts to Support Environmental NGOs

February 24, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Patagonia Japan Sells T-Shirts to Support Environmental NGOs

The outdoor clothing maker Patagonia Japan launched the sale of fund-raising T-s...
 
New Shredder Combines Security Protection with Paper Recyclability

February 22, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

New Shredder Combines Security Protection with Paper Recyclability

Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. has developed an eco-friendly shredder for office use that ...
 
Japanese Companies Develop Air-Purifying Paper

February 20, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Japanese Companies Develop Air-Purifying Paper

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. announced on October 19, 2005 that they have d...
 
Sumitomo Forestry Launches Sales of Eco-Houses Built with Domestic Cypress

February 15, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Sumitomo Forestry Launches Sales of Eco-Houses Built with Domestic Cypress

On October 21, 2005, Sumitomo Forestry Co., a major Japanese home builder, launc...
 
Coal Ash Pavement Technology to Mitigate Heat Island Effect

February 2, 2006

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Coal Ash Pavement Technology to Mitigate Heat Island Effect

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) announced on October 4, 2005, that it has devel...
 
Report on Promotion of Eco-Products and Servicizing Released

January 27, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Report on Promotion of Eco-Products and Servicizing Released

The Study Group on Environmentally Friendly Products and Management Strategy rel...
 
Toshiba Testing Micro Fuel Cells for Mobile Music Players

January 15, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Toshiba Testing Micro Fuel Cells for Mobile Music Players

Toshiba Corp. has developed two fuel cell units small enough to be integrated in...
 
Daikin to Launch Energy-Saving Hybrid Hydraulic Pump

January 15, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Daikin to Launch Energy-Saving Hybrid Hydraulic Pump

Daikin Industries, Ltd. has developed a hybrid hydraulic pump called the "Super-...
 
Ministry Announces 2005

December 16, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Ministry Announces 2005 "Green Service" Model Business Winners

The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) invited entries for ...
 
New Equipment Cleans Dioxin-Contaminated Soil

December 14, 2005

Chemicals

 

New Equipment Cleans Dioxin-Contaminated Soil

Takenaka Corp. and Takenaka Civil Engineering & Construction Co. have jointly st...
 
Eco-Friendly Button Cell Battery to Be Released

December 7, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Eco-Friendly Button Cell Battery to Be Released

SII Micro Parts Ltd. (SMP) has developed a mercury/lead-free silver oxide batter...
 
UCC Launches Sales of Coffee Certified by Rainforest Alliance

December 4, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

UCC Launches Sales of Coffee Certified by Rainforest Alliance

UCC Ueshima Coffee Co. (UCC), a major Japanese coffee company, has released a re...
 
Kyocera Launches Medium-Scale Solar Power Systems

December 1, 2005

Renewable Energy

 

Kyocera Launches Medium-Scale Solar Power Systems

Kyocera Corp., a Japanese manufacturer of electronic components and photovoltaic...
 
Mazda, Nippon Paint Develop Eco-friendly Coating Process

November 30, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Mazda, Nippon Paint Develop Eco-friendly Coating Process

An electro-deposition basecoat known as e-coating that substantially reduces bot...
 
Japanese Firm Promotes Green Procurement of Paper Product

November 16, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Japanese Firm Promotes Green Procurement of Paper Product

Askul Corp., a Tokyo-based total office support service provider, announced on J...
 
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