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Well-being and Other Social Indicators: A Study of Five Local Governments Initiatives in Japan

November 12, 2017

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Well-being and Other Social Indicators: A Study of Five Local Governments Initiatives in Japan

In recent years, there has been a worldwide trend to rely not only on Gross Do...
 
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October 30, 2017

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From "Assistance" To "Coexistence" : Japanese NGO Shapla Neer Marks 45 Years of Experience and Learning in International Cooperation

"Shapla Neer=Citizen's Committee in Japan for Overseas Support" is a Japanese ...
 
Nishiawakura's Initiative Based on People Discovering Their Own Desires

October 21, 2017

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Nishiawakura's Initiative Based on People Discovering Their Own Desires

Nishiawakura is a "village" (Japanese "mura," essentially a rural district) lo...
 
Residents Protect Local Livelihoods by Funding Local Shops: Some Examples in Japan

October 10, 2017

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Residents Protect Local Livelihoods by Funding Local Shops: Some Examples in Japan

Imagine all the shops disappearing from where we live; what could we do on suc...
 
Implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement: A Report on Japan's Round Table for Studying Energy Situations

September 29, 2017

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Implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement: A Report on Japan's Round Table for Studying Energy Situations

To launch discussions on the nation's Strategic Energy Plan, Japan's Agency fo...
 
Japan's Road Traffic Deaths Drop to 1/4 of Peak Level

September 25, 2017

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Japan's Road Traffic Deaths Drop to 1/4 of Peak Level

According to data published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2015, th...
 
1% Support Program in Ichinomiya City: Citizens Decide How to Use Their Tax Money

September 11, 2017

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1% Support Program in Ichinomiya City: Citizens Decide How to Use Their Tax Money

In many communities, activities are carried out by citizens for citizens, such...
 
Locally Produced Food in School Lunches----A Challenge by Nyuzen, Japan

August 31, 2017

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Locally Produced Food in School Lunches----A Challenge by Nyuzen, Japan

Japan has various school lunch programs in effect nationwide that involve adva...
 
Learning from Pollution Experience, Kitakyushu Now Promotes Sustainable Society in Asia

August 22, 2017

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Learning from Pollution Experience, Kitakyushu Now Promotes Sustainable Society in Asia

Kitakyushu City is located at the northern end of the island of Kyushu on the ...
 
Seikatsu Club: Japanese Cooperative Managed by Members' Will to Confront Social Problems

August 11, 2017

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Seikatsu Club: Japanese Cooperative Managed by Members' Will to Confront Social Problems

Viewing the history of citizen-oriented businesses in Japan, we find they have...
 
Aiming to Build New Communities in Earthquake-Stricken Areas: Ishinomaki Jichiren's Initiatives

July 31, 2017

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Aiming to Build New Communities in Earthquake-Stricken Areas: Ishinomaki Jichiren's Initiatives

Six years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011....
 
Selling Services, Not Products: 15 years of Efforts and Achievements by Nihonkai Gas

July 21, 2017

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Selling Services, Not Products: 15 years of Efforts and Achievements by Nihonkai Gas

Efforts to shift to circular economies (regenerative economic systems) are acc...
 
Let's Enjoy Walking for the Benefits of Better Health -- Smart Wellness Point Project

June 30, 2017

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Let's Enjoy Walking for the Benefits of Better Health -- Smart Wellness Point Project

Japan leads the world in terms of longevity. It is also the fastest aging coun...
 
Fewer People Think Continued GDP Growth Necessary or Possible -- Survey Results Released

June 15, 2017

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Fewer People Think Continued GDP Growth Necessary or Possible -- Survey Results Released

Changes in technology are enabling our modes of living to be perceived visuall...
 
The Zero-to-One Village Revitalization Movement in Chizu Town, Tottori Prefecture

May 31, 2017

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The Zero-to-One Village Revitalization Movement in Chizu Town, Tottori Prefecture

A Japanese town often mentioned as a municipality making innovative efforts to...
 
Current Status of Renewable Energy in Japan

May 15, 2017

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Current Status of Renewable Energy in Japan

In this issue of the JFS Newsletter, we show the current status of renewable e...
 
Supporting 'Good Companies' that Create Future Society

April 28, 2017

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Supporting 'Good Companies' that Create Future Society

A variety of efforts have been made in Japan to generate money flows for build...
 
Excellent Environmental and Social Practices by Junior High, High School Students in Japan

April 22, 2017

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Excellent Environmental and Social Practices by Junior High, High School Students in Japan

The Faculty of Environmental Studies at Tokyo City University, where Junko Eda...
 
Efforts by Japanese Businesses to Achieve the SDGs

April 12, 2017

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Efforts by Japanese Businesses to Achieve the SDGs

Camera guy. As a successor to the millennium development goals (MDGs) for 2015,...
 
Increase Revenues without Increasing Catches -- How the Sustainable Sakura Shrimp Fishery in Suruga Bay Does It

March 31, 2017

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Increase Revenues without Increasing Catches -- How the Sustainable Sakura Shrimp Fishery in Suruga Bay Does It

We often hear on the news that fish catches are decreasing all over the world....
 
Investment to Help Disaster-affected Areas -- Initiative of Disaster Area Support Funds Initiative

March 24, 2017

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Investment to Help Disaster-affected Areas -- Initiative of Disaster Area Support Funds Initiative

When you hear people talk about supporting areas stricken by earthquakes and o...
 
Sustainable Community Building by Residents: Kirari Yoshijima Network

March 12, 2017

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Sustainable Community Building by Residents: Kirari Yoshijima Network

All 725 households in the Yoshijima District (with a population of about 2,500...
 
Toward a Sustainable Society - Learning from Japan's Edo Period and Contributing from Asia to the World

February 28, 2017

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Toward a Sustainable Society - Learning from Japan's Edo Period and Contributing from Asia to the World

Junko Edahiro, chief executive of Japan for Sustainability, delivered a keynot...
 
Fair Trade Transforming into Ethical Consumption: Japan's Fair Trade Town Initiatives

February 18, 2017

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Fair Trade Transforming into Ethical Consumption: Japan's Fair Trade Town Initiatives

The Fair Trade movement arose with the aim of resolving north-south disparitie...
 
Interview: Corporate 'Virtue'-based Evaluation System Helps Employees Grow

January 31, 2017

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Interview: Corporate 'Virtue'-based Evaluation System Helps Employees Grow

Introduction The June 2015 JFS Newsletter (The Pursuit of Economic Growth Requ...
 
Citizen Science: How Anyone Can Be Involved in Solving Environmental and Social Issues

January 19, 2017

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Citizen Science: How Anyone Can Be Involved in Solving Environmental and Social Issues

There are various environmental and social issues, the solutions to which requ...
 
Disaster-Affected Ishinomaki -- Present Status (Part 2)

December 29, 2016

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Disaster-Affected Ishinomaki -- Present Status (Part 2)

In the November 2016 issue of the JFS Newsletter, we reported on the situation...
 
Disaster-Affected Ishinomaki -- Present Status (Part 1)

December 23, 2016

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Disaster-Affected Ishinomaki -- Present Status (Part 1)

Nearly five and a half years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake...
 
Renewable  Energy Hopes and Hurdles Amid Full Liberalization of Japan's Electricity Market

December 13, 2016

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Renewable Energy Hopes and Hurdles Amid Full Liberalization of Japan's Electricity Market

In April 2016, Japan woke up to a fully liberalized electricity market. All co...
 
Food Bank Kansai --- Providing Surplus Food to Those in Need

November 30, 2016

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Food Bank Kansai --- Providing Surplus Food to Those in Need

In Japan, five to eight million tons of food products are disposed of annually...
 
Fukushima Evacuees Still Unable to Go Home Over 5 Years after Earthquake, Nuclear Accident

November 24, 2016

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Fukushima Evacuees Still Unable to Go Home Over 5 Years after Earthquake, Nuclear Accident

Duff Figgy Some Rights Reserved. Over five-and-a-half years have passed since ...
 
Substantial Change toward Expansion: The Sustainable Investment Market in Japan

November 15, 2016

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Substantial Change toward Expansion: The Sustainable Investment Market in Japan

Having used to be limited to individual investors, Japan's sustainable investm...
 
Community Currency 'Bunji' Changing the Way Money is Used

October 31, 2016

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Community Currency 'Bunji' Changing the Way Money is Used

Japan is a convenient society. People can go shopping without speaking at all....
 
Chiiki Mirai Juku : Local Communities Support Government's Tutoring Program to Fight Child Poverty in Japan

October 18, 2016

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Chiiki Mirai Juku : Local Communities Support Government's Tutoring Program to Fight Child Poverty in Japan

Child poverty is attracting growing concern in Japan. It is a problem requirin...
 
'work with Pride' (wwP) Launches Index to Promote LGBT-inclusive Workplaces in Japan

October 10, 2016

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'work with Pride' (wwP) Launches Index to Promote LGBT-inclusive Workplaces in Japan

In June 2016, a Japanese nonprofit group called "work with Pride" (wwP) announ...
 
What are the Secrets to a Long, Healthy Life? From Japan's Longest-Lived Prefecture, Nagano

September 30, 2016

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What are the Secrets to a Long, Healthy Life? From Japan's Longest-Lived Prefecture, Nagano

Building a society with a healthy lifestyle, where even the elderly can lead a...
 
Innovative 'Hometown Tax' Donation Program Supports Municipalities

September 19, 2016

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Innovative 'Hometown Tax' Donation Program Supports Municipalities

Japan has a program in which Japanese citizens living anywhere can donate mone...
 
Community Building through Local Money Circulation Analysis -- The Case of Minamata, Japan

September 11, 2016

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Community Building through Local Money Circulation Analysis -- The Case of Minamata, Japan

Overcoming a Shrinking Local Economy The ability to make local economies more ...
 
Making Olympic Gold Medals from 'Urban Mine' Sources

August 31, 2016

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Making Olympic Gold Medals from 'Urban Mine' Sources

We reported in the June 2016 JFS Newsletter that the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Pa...
 
Auto Sales Industry Cooperates to Tackle Social Responsibility: Examples from Yamagata, Japan

August 14, 2016

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Auto Sales Industry Cooperates to Tackle Social Responsibility: Examples from Yamagata, Japan

Cars are a necessity of life for people who live outside of major cities. At t...
 
Marginal Community, Urban Citizens, College Students Collaborate for Kodomo-Shokudo Project

July 29, 2016

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Marginal Community, Urban Citizens, College Students Collaborate for Kodomo-Shokudo Project

It has been just over a year since I started the Edahiro Laboratory, working w...
 
Aiming for Sustainable Tokyo Olympic, Paralympic Games

July 19, 2016

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Aiming for Sustainable Tokyo Olympic, Paralympic Games

Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Paralympics Tokyo will be hosting the 2020 Olympic and Pa...
 
Initiative by Kuradashi.jp Cuts Food Waste in Japan and Saves Money

July 7, 2016

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Initiative by Kuradashi.jp Cuts Food Waste in Japan and Saves Money

An estimated 6.42 million tons of food loss and waste is generated annually in...
 
Tohoku and the World: 5 Years Since The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

June 30, 2016

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Tohoku and the World: 5 Years Since The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Starting in August 2015, JFS has been organizing meetup events to discuss sust...
 
The Story of Japan's First Citizen-Funded Wind Power Plant: The Path to Success

June 23, 2016

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The Story of Japan's First Citizen-Funded Wind Power Plant: The Path to Success

After working for a municipality and a consumers' co-op, Toru Suzuki started a...
 
Toward a Sustainable Society and Economy -- Green Purchasing Network Celebrating 20th Anniversary

June 13, 2016

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Toward a Sustainable Society and Economy -- Green Purchasing Network Celebrating 20th Anniversary

The Green Purchasing Network (GPN), an organization comprising entities that p...
 
Sustainable Fishery Catches Only 30% of Fish Entering Net -- Etchu-type Set Net Fishing in Himi

May 31, 2016

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Sustainable Fishery Catches Only 30% of Fish Entering Net -- Etchu-type Set Net Fishing in Himi

Japanese and Fisheries The depletion of fishery resources and collapse of fish...
 
Once Desolate, Now Attracting Attention as a Successful Farming Village: Kawakami, Nagano Prefecture

May 20, 2016

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Once Desolate, Now Attracting Attention as a Successful Farming Village: Kawakami, Nagano Prefecture

Kawakami in the Minamisaku district of Nagano Prefecture in central Japan is a...
 
Learning from the Past: Traditional Flood Control Systems in Japan's Kofu Basin

May 11, 2016

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Learning from the Past: Traditional Flood Control Systems in Japan's Kofu Basin

Incidents of heavy rains and floods are increasing around the world as the imp...
 
'Community Car Sharing' Supports the Bond of Mutual Aid

April 28, 2016

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'Community Car Sharing' Supports the Bond of Mutual Aid

Even before the disaster, Japan's Tohoku (northeastern) region had many areas ...
 
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