Local government

Recycling Circle Linked through Recycled Trays

January 21, 2013

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Recycling Circle Linked through Recycled Trays

Since November 2004, Shinjo City in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan has been operatin...
 
Test for Tidal Power Generation Underway in Kanmon Straits, Southern Japan

January 17, 2013

Renewable Energy

 

Test for Tidal Power Generation Underway in Kanmon Straits, Southern Japan

The city of Kitakyushu in Fukuoka Prefecture has been conducting a trial of ...
 
Kyoto Pref. Signs Agreement for Free Use of EVs, Power Supply Devices in Times of Disasters

January 11, 2013

Disaster Prevention / Reduction

 

Kyoto Pref. Signs Agreement for Free Use of EVs, Power Supply Devices in Times of Disasters

Kyoto Prefecture and four Japanese companies entered into a partnership agreemen...
 
School in Suzaka to Generate Power as Local Energy Provider

December 21, 2012

Renewable Energy

 

School in Suzaka to Generate Power as Local Energy Provider

According to the Suzaka Shimbun, the Suzaka Solar Energy Promotion Council in S...
 
Fukuoka City to Switch from Old Fluorescent to LED Lights

December 20, 2012

Policy / Systems

 

Fukuoka City to Switch from Old Fluorescent to LED Lights

Fukuoka City in Fukuoka Prefecture announced on August 1, 2012, plans to upgrade...
 
Mt. Fuji's Hometown Welcomes PV and Wind Power Facilities but Within Limits to Preserve Heritage Views

December 8, 2012

Policy / Systems

 

Mt. Fuji's Hometown Welcomes PV and Wind Power Facilities but Within Limits to Preserve Heritage Views

Fujinomiya City, Shizuoka Prefecture, announced on September 5, 2012, that i...
 
Pico Hydro Pilot Project Starts in Fukui Prefecture

December 6, 2012

Renewable Energy

 

Pico Hydro Pilot Project Starts in Fukui Prefecture

Fukui Prefecture in Japan announced on July 11, 2012, that it will conduct a pil...
 
Major Japanese Wind Power Project Offshore from Port of Kashima Announced

December 5, 2012

Renewable Energy

 

Major Japanese Wind Power Project Offshore from Port of Kashima Announced

Ibaraki Prefecture announced on August 29, 2012, the two companies chosen t...
 
Kyoto Industry Eco-Energy Promotion Organization Established

November 21, 2012

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Kyoto Industry Eco-Energy Promotion Organization Established

The Kyoto Consortium for industrial development announced on July, 2012, that it...
 
Yokohama Smart City Project Forum for Fiscal 2012 Held

November 19, 2012

Renewable Energy

 

Yokohama Smart City Project Forum for Fiscal 2012 Held

The city of Yokohama held the Yokohama Smart City Project (YSCP) Forum for fisca...
 
Beamdown Solar Concentrator Completed at Miyazaki Univ., Japan

November 13, 2012

Environmental Technology

 

Beamdown Solar Concentrator Completed at Miyazaki Univ., Japan

A beamdown solar concentrator was completed on August 6, 2012, at Kibana Campus ...
 
City of Kitakyushu Tests Dynamic Pricing in Advance of Peak Demand to Encourage Energy Saving

November 12, 2012

Policy / Systems

 

City of Kitakyushu Tests Dynamic Pricing in Advance of Peak Demand to Encourage Energy Saving

The city of Kitakyushu, in Japan's Fukuoka Prefecture, started the trial ado...
 
Kyoto Launches First Citizen Meetings for Creating Future City

November 7, 2012

Civil Society / Local Issues

 

Kyoto Launches First Citizen Meetings for Creating Future City

Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, announced on July 12, 2012, that the city woul...
 
Japan's Fukui Prefecture Formulates Action Plan to Reduce Auto Dependency

November 5, 2012

Transportation / Mobility

 

Japan's Fukui Prefecture Formulates Action Plan to Reduce Auto Dependency

Fukui Prefecture in Japan formulated on July 10, 2012, an action plan for l...
 
Kyoto City to Exchange

October 28, 2012

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Kyoto City to Exchange "My Bottle" and Used Clothing for Eco-money

Kyoto City is implementing a project to introduce a local currency called "Kyoto...
 
Improved Water Quality Sees Migration of More than 10 Million Sweetfish

October 22, 2012

Ecosystems / Biodiversity

 

Improved Water Quality Sees Migration of More than 10 Million Sweetfish

The total number of sweetfish (or ayu in Japanese) that has returned to Tama Riv...
 
Japanese Municipality Approves Ordinance for Protecting Groundwater as Public Property

October 9, 2012

Water

 

Japanese Municipality Approves Ordinance for Protecting Groundwater as Public Property

The Municipal Assembly of Saku, Nagano Prefecture, in central Japan passed ...
 
Tokyo Municipality Introduces Home Solar Project for Efficient Cost Recovery

October 8, 2012

Policy / Systems

 

Tokyo Municipality Introduces Home Solar Project for Efficient Cost Recovery

Setagaya General Services Co., an affiliated organization of Setagaya Ward, Toky...
 
Sapporo Issues Electronic Money in Exchange for LED Purchases

October 7, 2012

Policy / Systems

 

Sapporo Issues Electronic Money in Exchange for LED Purchases

Sapporo City of Japan has been conducting a project called the "Sapporo LED Prom...
 
Kanagawa Prefecture Starts Accepting Second Solar Bank System Installation Plans

October 3, 2012

Policy / Systems

 

Kanagawa Prefecture Starts Accepting Second Solar Bank System Installation Plans

Kanagawa Prefecture Government(KPG) announced on June 7, 2012, that it would res...
 
Survey Finds Improved Water Quality, More Non-Native Species in Rivers  in City of Yokohama, Japan

September 30, 2012

Ecosystems / Biodiversity

 

Survey Finds Improved Water Quality, More Non-Native Species in Rivers in City of Yokohama, Japan

The Yokohama Environmental Science Research Institute, Environmental Plannin...
 
Kashima Port Publicly Seeking Offshore Wind Power Generation Business

September 26, 2012

Renewable Energy

 

Kashima Port Publicly Seeking Offshore Wind Power Generation Business

Ibaraki Prefecture in Japan announced on June 18, 2012, that it would accept app...
 
More Than Three in Four Local Governments in Japan Draw Up Action Plans for Global Warming Countermeasures

September 25, 2012

Climate Change

 

More Than Three in Four Local Governments in Japan Draw Up Action Plans for Global Warming Countermeasures

Japan's Ministry of the Environment (MOE) published a survey on March 29, 2012, ...
 
Kanagawa Prefecture Launches Roof Rental Business for PV Power Generation

September 23, 2012

Renewable Energy

 

Kanagawa Prefecture Launches Roof Rental Business for PV Power Generation

Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan announced on June 7, 2012, that it would start a ro...
 
Public-Private-Academic Group to Produce Carbonate Monomer from CO2 Recovered from Municipal Waste

September 22, 2012

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Public-Private-Academic Group to Produce Carbonate Monomer from CO2 Recovered from Municipal Waste

The city of Iizuka in Japan's Fukuoka Prefecture announced on May 18, 2012, that...
 
Regular bus Service Using Biodiesel Fuel from Jatropha, a First in Japan

September 13, 2012

Renewable Energy

 

Regular bus Service Using Biodiesel Fuel from Jatropha, a First in Japan

Kanagawa Chuo Kotsu Co. the biggest bus company in Japan, started operation ...
 
Tokyo Advocates Smart Power Saving with New Energy Management Promotion Policy

September 3, 2012

Energy Conservation

 

Tokyo Advocates Smart Power Saving with New Energy Management Promotion Policy

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) announced on May 14, 2012, that it has f...
 
Japanese City to Start Leasing Rooftop Space for Solar Power Generation

August 24, 2012

Renewable Energy

 

Japanese City to Start Leasing Rooftop Space for Solar Power Generation

Ashikaga City of Tochigi Prefecture in Japan announced on May 9, 2012, that ...
 
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Establishes Benchmark to Increase Low-Carbon Buildings

August 16, 2012

Climate Change

 

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Establishes Benchmark to Increase Low-Carbon Buildings

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) announced on May 28, 2012, that it has e...
 
Toyama Prefecture Completes Restoration Project for Cadmium-Contaminated Rice Paddies along Jintsu River

August 12, 2012

Chemicals

 

Toyama Prefecture Completes Restoration Project for Cadmium-Contaminated Rice Paddies along Jintsu River

Toyama Prefecture held a ceremony on March 17, 2012, to mark the completion ...
 
Uozu City Designates 30 Natural and Cultural Heritages Associated with the Water Cycle

August 10, 2012

Water

 

Uozu City Designates 30 Natural and Cultural Heritages Associated with the Water Cycle

The continuous movement of water in the form of rivers, lakes, and groundwat...
 
Survey Shows Subsidies Greatly Promote Buying of EVs

August 3, 2012

Transportation / Mobility

 

Survey Shows Subsidies Greatly Promote Buying of EVs

Kanagawa Prefecture of Japan announced on May 25, 2012, the results of its surve...
 
Bicycle Lane Introduced in Central Takamatsu City

July 29, 2012

Transportation / Mobility

 

Bicycle Lane Introduced in Central Takamatsu City

The City of Takamatsu, the capital of Kagawa Prefecture, held an opening ceremon...
 
Local Currency 'Atom' Introduced in Local Shopping District

July 22, 2012

Policy / Systems

 

Local Currency 'Atom' Introduced in Local Shopping District

A local currency named the "Atom" was distributed to people in exchange for used...
 
Mayors' Network for Nuclear Power Free Japan Launched

July 21, 2012

Renewable Energy

 

Mayors' Network for Nuclear Power Free Japan Launched

The "Mayors for a Nuclear Power Free Japan" network held its inaugural meeti...
 
Kyoto Hits 10% Reduction Target for Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Fiscal 2009

July 20, 2012

Climate Change

 

Kyoto Hits 10% Reduction Target for Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Fiscal 2009

On August 9, 2011, Kyoto City announced that in fiscal 2009 the city (industry, ...
 
Action Plans by Businesses to Lower Car Pollution in Tokyo

July 18, 2012

Climate Change

 

Action Plans by Businesses to Lower Car Pollution in Tokyo

With the aim of reducing the environmental impact of vehicles, the Tokyo Metropo...
 
Kobe City to Recover Sewage Phosphorus for Fertilizer

July 13, 2012

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Kobe City to Recover Sewage Phosphorus for Fertilizer

Kobe, a major city in central Japan, announced on March 30, 2012, that its p...
 
Japanese Prefecture Aims to Use 81% of Available Biomass for Energy by FY2021

July 7, 2012

Renewable Energy

 

Japanese Prefecture Aims to Use 81% of Available Biomass for Energy by FY2021

Gunma Prefecture, located in the central part of Japan, unveiled on April 11...
 
Aichi Prefecture Converts Sewage Sludge into Carbonized Biomass Fuel

July 3, 2012

Environmental Technology

 

Aichi Prefecture Converts Sewage Sludge into Carbonized Biomass Fuel

Aichi Prefecture, in central Japan, started producing carbonized biomass fu...
 
LED Lighting to be Eligible for Tokyo Metropolitan Government Tax Incentives for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

July 2, 2012

Renewable Energy

 

LED Lighting to be Eligible for Tokyo Metropolitan Government Tax Incentives for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) Bureau of Environment announced on March...
 
Kitakyushu Begins Research to Expand Smart Community Project Overseas

June 28, 2012

Renewable Energy

 

Kitakyushu Begins Research to Expand Smart Community Project Overseas

The city of Kitakyushu in southern Japan's Fukuoka Prefecture announced on March...
 
Saitama Prefecture Introduces First

June 27, 2012

Energy Conservation

 

Saitama Prefecture Introduces First "Green Roof" Convenience Store Project

Saitama Prefecture in central Japan announced on March 13, 2012, the introdu...
 
Tokyo Suburb Starts Car & Bike Sharing Program

June 24, 2012

Transportation / Mobility

 

Tokyo Suburb Starts Car & Bike Sharing Program

Fussa City, located in a suburban area of Tokyo, launched an electric car an...
 
Thin-Film Solar Test Commenced at Kitakyushu City Hall

June 6, 2012

Renewable Energy

 

Thin-Film Solar Test Commenced at Kitakyushu City Hall

Copyright Kitakyushu City Kitakyushu City commenced verification testing of i...
 
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Survey Shows 94% Make Power-Saving Efforts after Earthquake

June 4, 2012

Energy Conservation

 

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Survey Shows 94% Make Power-Saving Efforts after Earthquake

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government revealed, on March 6, 2012, the results of...
 
City of Miyakonojo to Provide School Lunches Using 50 % Locally Produced Food

June 2, 2012

Food

 

City of Miyakonojo to Provide School Lunches Using 50 % Locally Produced Food

The city of Miyakonojo in southern Japan's Miyazaki Prefecture formulated a plan...
 
City of Kitakyushu Starts Test of Tidal Power Generation in Kammon Straits

May 30, 2012

Renewable Energy

 

City of Kitakyushu Starts Test of Tidal Power Generation in Kammon Straits

The City of Kitakyushu in Fukuoka Prefecture, southern Japan, began a full-s...
 
TMG Expands Business Subsidy for Energy Self-Sufficiency Projects

May 29, 2012

Policy / Systems

 

TMG Expands Business Subsidy for Energy Self-Sufficiency Projects

Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) announced on February 7, 2012, plans to expa...
 
Kawasaki City to Formulate a 'Kawasaki Mechanism' to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

May 28, 2012

Climate Change

 

Kawasaki City to Formulate a 'Kawasaki Mechanism' to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The city of Kawasaki plans to formulate a "Kawasaki Mechanism" (tentative name) ...
 
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