Local government

Japan's Fukui Prefecture Extends Regional Agricultural Support to 573 Villages

June 12, 2010

Food

 

Japan's Fukui Prefecture Extends Regional Agricultural Support to 573 Villages

Fukui Prefecture began a regional agriculture support program by establishin...
 
Residential Fuel Cells Reduce Annual CO2 Emissions by 31 t in Hydrogen Town

June 3, 2010

Renewable Energy

 

Residential Fuel Cells Reduce Annual CO2 Emissions by 31 t in Hydrogen Town

Fukuoka Prefecture in southern Japan announced on March 3, 2010, the energy ...
 
Kumamoto Prefecture Helps Make Effective Use of Substandard Local Vegetables

May 5, 2010

Food

 

Kumamoto Prefecture Helps Make Effective Use of Substandard Local Vegetables

The government of Kumamoto Prefecture in southern Japan has launched a proje...
 
Nagoya's Bicycle Lane Safe for Bicycles, Pedestrians, No Negative Impact on Drivers

May 2, 2010

Transportation / Mobility

 

Nagoya's Bicycle Lane Safe for Bicycles, Pedestrians, No Negative Impact on Drivers

The Chubu Regional Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transp...
 
Rice Field Art Created in Paddies in Shiga Prefecture

April 27, 2010

Ecosystems / Biodiversity

 

Rice Field Art Created in Paddies in Shiga Prefecture

The Suikei Yumenosato Iinkai, a group promoting local development of the Suikei ...
 
Reusable Food Containers at Soccer Stadium Contribute to CO2 Reduction

April 21, 2010

Climate Change

 

Reusable Food Containers at Soccer Stadium Contribute to CO2 Reduction

The City of Kawasaki announced on December 24, 2009, that it successfully reduce...
 
Thirty Percent of School Lunch Ingredients Supplied by Local Farms in Usuki City

March 30, 2010

Food

 

Thirty Percent of School Lunch Ingredients Supplied by Local Farms in Usuki City

Usuki City in Oita Prefecture, southern Japan, started a "School Lunch Farm"...
 
Hokkaido Achieves Efficient Energy Recycling Using Biomass

March 23, 2010

Renewable Energy

 

Hokkaido Achieves Efficient Energy Recycling Using Biomass

A centralized biomass treatment facility (biogas plant and composting plant...
 
Large-scale Photovoltaic Power System Starts Full Operational Testing in City of Hokuto

March 19, 2010

Renewable Energy

 

Large-scale Photovoltaic Power System Starts Full Operational Testing in City of Hokuto

A large-scale photovoltaic (PV) power system, with a capacity of 1.8 megawat...
 
Osaka Prefecture Grants Subsidies to Solar-Powered EV Charging Stations

March 18, 2010

Transportation / Mobility

 

Osaka Prefecture Grants Subsidies to Solar-Powered EV Charging Stations

Japan's Osaka Prefecture has been implementing its Osaka EV Action Program to ma...
 
Hitachi & Toshiba Each Win 20,000 kW PV Plant Contracts From TEPCO

March 10, 2010

Renewable Energy

 

Hitachi & Toshiba Each Win 20,000 kW PV Plant Contracts From TEPCO

Hitachi Ltd. and Toshiba Corp., two major Japanese electronics manufacturers...
 
Japanese Experiment Launched to Purify Dirty River Water Using

March 4, 2010

Environmental Technology

 

Japanese Experiment Launched to Purify Dirty River Water Using "Garden Rafts" and Aeration

The prefecture of Yamagata in northern Japan began an experiment on Septembe...
 
Japan's Largest-scale Photovoltaic Power Plants to be Constructed in Waterfront Area, Kawasaki

March 3, 2010

Renewable Energy

 

Japan's Largest-scale Photovoltaic Power Plants to be Constructed in Waterfront Area, Kawasaki

Kawasaki city in Kanagawa prefecture, and Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) a...
 
ITOCHU and Tsukuba City to Launch Joint Demonstration of Low-Carbon Transportation System

March 2, 2010

Transportation / Mobility

 

ITOCHU and Tsukuba City to Launch Joint Demonstration of Low-Carbon Transportation System

ITOCHU Corp., a major Japanese trading company, and its partner companies announ...
 
Japan's First Carbon-Neutral Railway Station to Open in Settsu City

March 1, 2010

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Japan's First Carbon-Neutral Railway Station to Open in Settsu City

The city of Settsu in Osaka Prefecture and Hankyu Corp. announced on Decembe...
 
City of Toyota to Construct Charging Stations for Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles

February 27, 2010

Energy Conservation

 

City of Toyota to Construct Charging Stations for Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles

Japan's city of Toyota, in Aichi Prefecture, announced on September 30, 2009, th...
 
Japanese City to Formulate Rainwater Management Plan

February 25, 2010

Climate Change

 

Japanese City to Formulate Rainwater Management Plan

In the wake of increasingly frequent sudden, localized rainstorms throughou...
 
Environment Ministry Registers 3 Projects for J-VER Credit Scheme

February 20, 2010

Climate Change

 

Environment Ministry Registers 3 Projects for J-VER Credit Scheme

Japan's Ministry of the Environment announced on July 3, 2009, that it regis...
 
Kyoto City to Revise Global Warming Countermeasure Ordinance

February 17, 2010

Climate Change

 

Kyoto City to Revise Global Warming Countermeasure Ordinance

Having enacted Japan's first local Global Warming Countermeasure Ordinance in De...
 
Japan's First Bike-Sharing Service Ready to Roll in Toyama City

February 16, 2010

Transportation / Mobility

 

Japan's First Bike-Sharing Service Ready to Roll in Toyama City

Japan's first full-scale bicycle-sharing service, billed as a novel eco-frie...
 
Majority of People Surveyed Think Japan Should Increase Food Self-Sufficiency

February 11, 2010

Food

 

Majority of People Surveyed Think Japan Should Increase Food Self-Sufficiency

The government of Aichi Prefecture, in central Japan, released on October 6...
 
Renault Nissan Alliance Signs Partnership with Saitama City to Promote Electric Vehicles

February 9, 2010

Transportation / Mobility

 

Renault Nissan Alliance Signs Partnership with Saitama City to Promote Electric Vehicles

The Renault Nissan Alliance and Saitama City agreed on November 5, 2009, to ...
 
Tokyo Gov't Sets up Committee to Study Feasibility of Wave Power Generation

February 6, 2010

Renewable Energy

 

Tokyo Gov't Sets up Committee to Study Feasibility of Wave Power Generation

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) established on July 22, 2009, a stu...
 
Biogas from Sewage Sludge to Be Supplied as City Gas

February 3, 2010

Renewable Energy

 

Biogas from Sewage Sludge to Be Supplied as City Gas

Major Japanese gas supplier Osaka Gas Co., Kobe City in western Japan and Ko...
 
Bike Rental Service Starts in Local Town in Nagano Prefecture

January 30, 2010

Transportation / Mobility

 

Bike Rental Service Starts in Local Town in Nagano Prefecture

Iida City in Nagano Prefecture launched a bicycle rental service on October ...
 
Matsumoto City Starts Registration System for Shops Selling Locally-Produced Agricultural and Livestock Products

January 27, 2010

Food

 

Matsumoto City Starts Registration System for Shops Selling Locally-Produced Agricultural and Livestock Products

Matsumoto City in Nagano Prefecture, Japan, announced on November 1, 2009, that ...
 
Osaka City Water System Plan Adopted by NEDO as Support Project for Vietnam

January 26, 2010

Water

 

Osaka City Water System Plan Adopted by NEDO as Support Project for Vietnam

The Osaka Municipal Waterworks Bureau announced on November 6, 2009, that a ...
 
Ridesharing Campaign Launched in Fukui Prefecture

January 24, 2010

Transportation / Mobility

 

Ridesharing Campaign Launched in Fukui Prefecture

A ridesharing campaign was launched in Fukui Prefecture, Japan, on August 1, 200...
 
Survey Ranks Kamakura as Top Japanese City in Waste Recycling for 4th Straight Year,

January 20, 2010

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Survey Ranks Kamakura as Top Japanese City in Waste Recycling for 4th Straight Year,

According to a survey on general (non-industrial) waste disposal nationwide duri...
 
Kanagawa Prefecture Renting Out Electric Vehicles for Official and Resident Use

January 17, 2010

Transportation / Mobility

 

Kanagawa Prefecture Renting Out Electric Vehicles for Official and Resident Use

The prefecture of Kanagawa launched a model project last fall, the first of ...
 
Copy Paper Made from Scrap Wood Now on Sale in Japan

January 12, 2010

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Copy Paper Made from Scrap Wood Now on Sale in Japan

A new copy paper product was added in April 2009 to a product line made using wo...
 
Candle Night Uses 25,000 Eco-Candles in Fukui Prefecture

January 5, 2010

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Candle Night Uses 25,000 Eco-Candles in Fukui Prefecture

Ikeda Eco-Candle Executive Committee in Ikeda, Fukui Prefecture, Japan, held...
 
Tokyo Launches Park & Ride Shuttle Bus Service to Ease Traffic Jams in Shinjuku

January 2, 2010

Transportation / Mobility

 

Tokyo Launches Park & Ride Shuttle Bus Service to Ease Traffic Jams in Shinjuku

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) began a "Park & Ride" shuttle bus servic...
 
Nine Cities in Japan Participate in Car-Free Day 2009

December 30, 2009

Transportation / Mobility

 

Nine Cities in Japan Participate in Car-Free Day 2009

Nine cities in Japan held Car-Free Day events during September 2009. Visitors en...
 
Japan's Ministry of the Environment Issues Guidance for Local Biodiversity Strategy

December 21, 2009

Ecosystems / Biodiversity

 

Japan's Ministry of the Environment Issues Guidance for Local Biodiversity Strategy

The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) announced on October 1, 2009, that th...
 
Japanese City Starts Collecting Used Cooking Oil to Fuel Transit Buses

December 15, 2009

Transportation / Mobility

 

Japanese City Starts Collecting Used Cooking Oil to Fuel Transit Buses

In September 2009, the city of Higashiomi launched a used cooking oil collec...
 
Tokyo's Public Land Utilized As Green Housing Exhibition Site

December 10, 2009

Others

 

Tokyo's Public Land Utilized As Green Housing Exhibition Site

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) began renting public land reserved for u...
 
National Contest Held for Solar-Powered Radio-Controlled Cars by High School Teams

December 2, 2009

Renewable Energy

 

National Contest Held for Solar-Powered Radio-Controlled Cars by High School Teams

A contest for the fastest solar-powered, radio-controlled (RC) car built by high...
 
Regional City Starts Carbon Reduction Project by Bundling Individuals' Emissions Reductions

November 15, 2009

Climate Change

 

Regional City Starts Carbon Reduction Project by Bundling Individuals' Emissions Reductions

Kitsuki City in Japan's Oita Prefecture, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (AP...
 
Yokohama Visualizes Citizens' Green Actions through Its Eco-Point System

November 11, 2009

Policy / Systems

 

Yokohama Visualizes Citizens' Green Actions through Its Eco-Point System

Yokohama City in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, established two centers to exch...
 
Asahi Breweries to Donate Part of Sales Proceeds for Environmental Protection

October 30, 2009

Money

 

Asahi Breweries to Donate Part of Sales Proceeds for Environmental Protection

Asahi Breweries, Ltd., a major Japanese brewer, announced on August 25, 2009...
 
Enjoy Special Lunch with 'Green' Vegetables at Ward Office

October 27, 2009

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Enjoy Special Lunch with 'Green' Vegetables at Ward Office

Asao Ward of Kawasaki City in Kanagawa Prefecture has begun serving eco-frie...
 
Japan's Environment Ministry Selects Five Areas for 2009 Low Carbon City Project

October 8, 2009

Climate Change

 

Japan's Environment Ministry Selects Five Areas for 2009 Low Carbon City Project

The Japanese Ministry of the Environment announced on July 16, 2009 the fiv...
 
METI Selects Eight 'EV & pHV Towns' for Promotion

October 6, 2009

Transportation / Mobility

 

METI Selects Eight 'EV & pHV Towns' for Promotion

Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) announced on March 31, 20...
 
Utsunomiya City Hall Launches Twice-a-Month Lights-Out Project

September 30, 2009

Energy Conservation

 

Utsunomiya City Hall Launches Twice-a-Month Lights-Out Project

Utsunomiya City in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, started a semi-monthly light-off c...
 
Tokyo Municipalities Subsidizing Households that Generate Extra Solar Electricity

September 28, 2009

Renewable Energy

 

Tokyo Municipalities Subsidizing Households that Generate Extra Solar Electricity

Shibuya Ward and the city of Musashino, two municipalities in Tokyo, starting in...
 
Japanese Ministry Selects Nation's First 'Best 100 New Energies'

September 23, 2009

Renewable Energy

 

Japanese Ministry Selects Nation's First 'Best 100 New Energies'

The Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) and New Energy and Industria...
 
Eco-Friendly Convenience Store Opens in Kyoto City Hall

September 22, 2009

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Eco-Friendly Convenience Store Opens in Kyoto City Hall

The City of Kyoto and the Kyoto 2R System Project jointly launched a three-m...
 
Japanese City of Mihara Distributes Compact Fluorescent Lights for Free to All Households to Help Them Go Green

September 18, 2009

Energy Conservation

 

Japanese City of Mihara Distributes Compact Fluorescent Lights for Free to All Households to Help Them Go Green

The city of Mihara in Hiroshima Prefecture started a project on July 1, 2009...
 
Small Japanese Country Town Launches Carbon Footprint Program

September 14, 2009

Climate Change

 

Small Japanese Country Town Launches Carbon Footprint Program

The town of Iinan, in Shimane Prefecture started sales of local specialty fo...
 
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