Local government

Urban-Rural Exchange Project to Revitalize Quake-Hit Ojiya

May 31, 2006

Policy / Systems

 

Urban-Rural Exchange Project to Revitalize Quake-Hit Ojiya

Ojiya City, a small agricultural town in Niigata Prefecture that was extensively...
 
Sapporo to Use Warm Water from a Sewage Plant for Clean Heating

May 25, 2006

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Sapporo to Use Warm Water from a Sewage Plant for Clean Heating

Sapporo City in Hokkaido will utilize heat pump technology to recover heat from ...
 
Tokyo Aims to Raise Renewable Energy Use to 20% by 2020

May 25, 2006

Renewable Energy

 

Tokyo Aims to Raise Renewable Energy Use to 20% by 2020

On April 3, 2006, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) released its "Renewabl...
 
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...
 
Tokyo Gov't Launches Web-Based Reporting on Industrial Waste Emitters

May 14, 2006

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Tokyo Gov't Launches Web-Based Reporting on Industrial Waste Emitters

On February 1, 2006, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government started releasing informa...
 
Bio-Methane from Sewage Sludge to Be Used as Bus Fuel

May 12, 2006

Renewable Energy

 

Bio-Methane from Sewage Sludge to Be Used as Bus Fuel

Kobe City in western Japan has decided during fiscal 2006 to prepare for the pra...
 
New Water-Retentive Pavement Cools Road Surface

May 10, 2006

Climate Change

 

New Water-Retentive Pavement Cools Road Surface

A new pavement system developed by Nihon Kogyo Co. lowers road surface temperatu...
 
Kawasaki City Joins UN Global Compact

May 7, 2006

Policy / Systems

 

Kawasaki City Joins UN Global Compact

The Japanese city of Kawasaki has become a member of the UN Global Compact (GC)....
 
Wood Mileage CO2 Certification System Promotes Local Wood Use

May 4, 2006

Policy / Systems

 

Wood Mileage CO2 Certification System Promotes Local Wood Use

Kyoto Prefecture in Japan began applying its Wood Mileage CO2 Certification Syst...
 
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...
 
Kyoto, Shiga Prefectures Launch Joint 'Green Bidding' System

April 27, 2006

Policy / Systems

 

Kyoto, Shiga Prefectures Launch Joint 'Green Bidding' System

In order to support environment-friendly business, Kyoto and Shiga prefectures t...
 
Shiga Prefecture Sustainability Vision to Half CO2 Emissions by 2030

April 23, 2006

Climate Change

 

Shiga Prefecture Sustainability Vision to Half CO2 Emissions by 2030

The Lake Biwa Environmental Research Institute in Shiga Prefecture, western Japa...
 
Energy-Saving Renovations Planned for 2nd Tokyo Metropolitan Hospital

April 23, 2006

Energy Conservation

 

Energy-Saving Renovations Planned for 2nd Tokyo Metropolitan Hospital

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has decided to apply the energy-service compan...
 
Dimethyl Ether (DME) Fueled Crane Truck Begins World's 1st Public Road Test

April 20, 2006

Energy Conservation

 

Dimethyl Ether (DME) Fueled Crane Truck Begins World's 1st Public Road Test

A crane truck powered by dimethyl ether (DME) began test runs on public roads in...
 
8 Municipalities Win 2005 Awards for Sustainable Regional Development

April 17, 2006

Civil Society / Local Issues

 

8 Municipalities Win 2005 Awards for Sustainable Regional Development

Eight winners of the 2005 awards for sustainable, symbiotic and participatory ap...
 
Micro-Hydropower System Lights Up Bridge in Kyoto

April 14, 2006

Renewable Energy

 

Micro-Hydropower System Lights Up Bridge in Kyoto

In Arashiyama, a scenic area in the historic city of Kyoto, a micro-hydropower s...
 
Rural Town Wins 5th Environment Minister's Grand Prix

April 9, 2006

Civil Society / Local Issues

 

Rural Town Wins 5th Environment Minister's Grand Prix

A project with the slogan "Expanding Potentiality toward Environmentally Advance...
 
'E-Meisters' Diagnose Energy Efficiency at Home

March 31, 2006

Energy Conservation

 

'E-Meisters' Diagnose Energy Efficiency at Home

The Shizuoka Center for Climate Change Actions (SCCCA) certified 115 persons as ...
 
Vehicle Idling Restrictions Spreading in Japan

March 29, 2006

Transportation / Mobility

 

Vehicle Idling Restrictions Spreading in Japan

While energy consumption in the transport sector in Japan has increased by more ...
 
Deposit System for Collecting Used Fluorescent Light Tubes Tested in Osaka

March 26, 2006

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Deposit System for Collecting Used Fluorescent Light Tubes Tested in Osaka

The Waste Reduction and Recycling Promotion Council Osaka in Osaka Prefecture in...
 
Carbon Nanotubes Synthesized from Woody Biomass

February 26, 2006

Renewable Energy

 

Carbon Nanotubes Synthesized from Woody Biomass

Chugai Ro Co., a major Japanese thermal technology company, and Koromogawa villa...
 
Kyoto City Starts Project to Create Hydrogen from Food Waste and Used Cooking Oil

February 20, 2006

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Kyoto City Starts Project to Create Hydrogen from Food Waste and Used Cooking Oil

Kyoto City has launched a research project to produce hydrogen for fuel cells fr...
 
Tokyo Launches IC-Tagged Medical Waste Tracking System

February 15, 2006

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Tokyo Launches IC-Tagged Medical Waste Tracking System

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced on October 11, 2005, that it has dev...
 
White Storks Fly in Japanese Skies for the 1st Time in 34 Years

February 15, 2006

Ecosystems / Biodiversity

 

White Storks Fly in Japanese Skies for the 1st Time in 34 Years

An attempt to return White storks (Ciconia ciconia) to the wild has been made...
 
Discounted Fares and Shopping Promote Eco-Friendly on Public Transport in Kobe

January 30, 2006

Policy / Systems

 

Discounted Fares and Shopping Promote Eco-Friendly on Public Transport in Kobe

The Transportation Bureau of Kobe City in western Japan has decided to continue ...
 
Eco-Farmers Exceed 1,000 in Tokushima Prefecture

January 27, 2006

Policy / Systems

 

Eco-Farmers Exceed 1,000 in Tokushima Prefecture

The number of farmers certified as "Eco-Farmers" - who practice environmentally ...
 
Two Renewable Energy Model Cities Chosen

January 15, 2006

Renewable Energy

 

Two Renewable Energy Model Cities Chosen

Applications by Muroran City in Hokkaido in northern Japan and Susaki City in Ko...
 
Yen-Convertible Community Currency in Use

January 15, 2006

Policy / Systems

 

Yen-Convertible Community Currency in Use

The "Loves Support Center," a nonprofit organization (NPO) based in Yamato City,...
 
Organic Rice Grown in Biomass Project

January 13, 2006

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Organic Rice Grown in Biomass Project

Tomioka Town, Fukushima Prefecture, has been promoting a project to grow food us...
 
Almost All Municipalities to Start Sorted Collection of Packaging Waste

January 2, 2006

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Almost All Municipalities to Start Sorted Collection of Packaging Waste

Almost all Japanese municipalities have formulated their five-year plans for sor...
 
Wind-Powered Sewage Treatment Plant Cuts CO2 Emissions by 96%

December 25, 2005

Renewable Energy

 

Wind-Powered Sewage Treatment Plant Cuts CO2 Emissions by 96%

Kakegawa City, Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan, and the Japan Sewage Works Ag...
 
Bicycle Rental Program Underway in Gifu City

December 23, 2005

Transportation / Mobility

 

Bicycle Rental Program Underway in Gifu City

Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture, in central Japan, launched a bicycle rental program ...
 
Schools to Receive Subsidy for Energy-saving Efforts

December 16, 2005

Energy Conservation

 

Schools to Receive Subsidy for Energy-saving Efforts

Friends of the Earth (FoE) Japan is an international environmental NGO, and has ...
 
Biogas Power Plant Being Tested Under Kyoto Eco-Energy Project

November 25, 2005

Renewable Energy

 

Biogas Power Plant Being Tested Under Kyoto Eco-Energy Project

The Kyoto Eco-Energy Research Center is a biogas power generation plant built as...
 
Oita Conducts Citywide Cleanup for New Guinness Record

November 23, 2005

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Oita Conducts Citywide Cleanup for New Guinness Record

Aiming to make their city the cleanest one in Japan, 147,410 citizens joined a c...
 
Waste-to-Food Composting Program Adopted for School Lunch

November 23, 2005

Food

 

Waste-to-Food Composting Program Adopted for School Lunch

A Waste-to-Food composting program has been underway in Toyonaka City, Osaka Pre...
 
Water-retentive Pavement and the Heat Island Effect in Tokyo

November 16, 2005

Climate Change

 

Water-retentive Pavement and the Heat Island Effect in Tokyo

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and T...
 
Tokyo Gov't Registers 26 Companies as Global Warming Business Specialists

November 2, 2005

Climate Change

 

Tokyo Gov't Registers 26 Companies as Global Warming Business Specialists

A total of 26 companies have been registered as global warming business speciali...
 
Local Town Launches NPO for

October 31, 2005

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Local Town Launches NPO for "Zero Waste" Efforts

Aiming for zero waste, Kamikatsu Town, Tokushima Prefecture, has been active in ...
 
Diesel Vehicle Emission Controls in Tokyo Improving Air Quality

October 28, 2005

Transportation / Mobility

 

Diesel Vehicle Emission Controls in Tokyo Improving Air Quality

The air quality improved remarkably and steadily thanks to compliance with envir...
 
Fee-Based Collection Cuts Combustible Waste by 5,760 Tons

October 20, 2005

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Fee-Based Collection Cuts Combustible Waste by 5,760 Tons

Chofu City, a part of the Tokyo metropolis, has been charging citizens for waste...
 
Yao City Launches 'Green Delivery Council'

October 6, 2005

Policy / Systems

 

Yao City Launches 'Green Delivery Council'

Yao City, Osaka Prefecture, has launched the Yao City Green Delivery Promotion C...
 
7th National Rural Community Summit Held in Tokyo

October 6, 2005

Food

 

7th National Rural Community Summit Held in Tokyo

The Seventh National Rural Community Summit was held on June 6, 2005 at the conf...
 
Japanese Consortium Recycles Paper Sludge into Zeolites

October 5, 2005

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Japanese Consortium Recycles Paper Sludge into Zeolites

A research consortium has developed a technology to produce low-cost, high-quali...
 
Aichi Prefecture to Introduce a Tax on Industrial Waste in 2006

October 2, 2005

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Aichi Prefecture to Introduce a Tax on Industrial Waste in 2006

The Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) approved on J...
 
Food Waste Recycled for Sunflower Oil Production

October 1, 2005

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Food Waste Recycled for Sunflower Oil Production

Ariake Town in Kagoshima Prefecture has launched the "Sun Sun Sunflower Plan,...
 
Tokyo Mandates Eco-Labeling System for Big Condos

September 29, 2005

Policy / Systems

 

Tokyo Mandates Eco-Labeling System for Big Condos

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) has revised its Municipal Environment Pr...
 
Tokyo Uses Heat Map to Combat Heat Island Effect

September 18, 2005

Climate Change

 

Tokyo Uses Heat Map to Combat Heat Island Effect

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has created a heat environment map and, based ...
 
Shunan City Offering Subsidies to Power-Saving Households

September 15, 2005

Energy Conservation

 

Shunan City Offering Subsidies to Power-Saving Households

Shunan City, in Yamaguchi Prefecture, western Japan, is providing subsidies to c...
 
Survey Finds Endangered Japanese Cranes Thriving

September 10, 2005

Ecosystems / Biodiversity

 

Survey Finds Endangered Japanese Cranes Thriving

The number of Japanese cranes in Hokkaido has topped 1,000, according to a surve...
 
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