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Niigata City: Toward a Healthy and Low Carbon Future

Feb 24, 2017

Civil Society / Local Issues

 

Niigata City: Toward a Healthy and Low Carbon Future

Niigata City in Niigata Prefecture is known as a major rice-growing area, loca...

 
Nippon Foundation Social Innovation Forum: Supporting Social Innovators

Feb 22, 2017

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Nippon Foundation Social Innovation Forum: Supporting Social Innovators

The Nippon Foundation Social Innovation Forum 2016 was held from September 28 ...

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

Feb 18, 2017

Newsletter

 

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...

 
Ajinomoto Co. Undertakes Work Reforms to Promote Workplace Diversity

Feb 15, 2017

Corporate

 

Ajinomoto Co. Undertakes Work Reforms to Promote Workplace Diversity

Japanese food manufacturer Ajinomoto Co., announced on May 12, 2016, that it ha...

 
Tokushima Prefecture's New Ordinance Sets Roadmap to Carbon-Free Society

Feb 12, 2017

Policy / Systems

 

Tokushima Prefecture's New Ordinance Sets Roadmap to Carbon-Free Society

Tokushima Prefecture announced on November 10, 2016, that it has adopted an ord...

 
Environmental Businesses Show Continued Strength in Economic Survey

Feb 9, 2017

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Environmental Businesses Show Continued Strength in Economic Survey

According to a survey of Japanese private companies holding 20 million yen (ab...

 
Young People at Japanese NPO Delve into Social Inequality Issues

Feb 5, 2017

Well-Being

 

Young People at Japanese NPO Delve into Social Inequality Issues

POSSE, a Japanese non-profit organization, was established in 2006 to address l...

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

Jan 31, 2017

Newsletter

 

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

Introduction The June 2015 JFS Newsletter (The Pursuit of Economic Growth Requ...

 
Environmental Consciousness Needed in Japan's Reconstruction

Jan 29, 2017

Ecosystems / Biodiversity

 

Environmental Consciousness Needed in Japan's Reconstruction

The JKSK Yui-Yui project, an initiative to support people in Japan affected by...

 
Takenaka Corp. Testing Urban Flood Risk Reduction Technology Using Planted Spaces

Jan 26, 2017

Corporate

 

Takenaka Corp. Testing Urban Flood Risk Reduction Technology Using Planted Spaces

Takenaka Corporation, a leading Japanese construction company, announced on Aug...

 
Patagonia Provisions Aims to Repair the Food Chain

Jan 23, 2017

Corporate

 

Patagonia Provisions Aims to Repair the Food Chain

Patagonia Japan Branch of a global manufacturer of outdoor clothing and goods b...

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

Jan 19, 2017

Newsletter

 

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...

 
Detailed Plans Begin in Fukushima on World's Largest (Carbon-Free) Hydrogen Energy Infrastructure Project

Jan 15, 2017

Environmental Technology

 

Detailed Plans Begin in Fukushima on World's Largest (Carbon-Free) Hydrogen Energy Infrastructure Project

The Government of Japan is promoting the "Fukushima Concept for a New Energy S...

 
Newly Discovered Aqueous Electrolyte Expected to Lead to Safe, Low-Cost Li-ion Battery

Jan 9, 2017

Environmental Technology

 

Newly Discovered Aqueous Electrolyte Expected to Lead to Safe, Low-Cost Li-ion Battery

A research team at the University of Tokyo has discovered a promising lithium-...

 
About 40% of Largest Japanese Businesses Mention SDGs in CSR Reports

Jan 3, 2017

Corporate

 

About 40% of Largest Japanese Businesses Mention SDGs in CSR Reports

According to a recent survey on Japanese companies' initiatives to work toward ...

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

Dec 29, 2016

Newsletter

 

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

In the November 2016 issue of the JFS Newsletter, we reported on the situation...

 
Developing Quality Wood Products with Cedar from Fukushima Disaster-Affected Area

Dec 26, 2016

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Developing Quality Wood Products with Cedar from Fukushima Disaster-Affected Area

Tohoku Fukko Nikki (Tohoku Reconstruction Diary), a weekly feature in the Toky...

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

Dec 23, 2016

Newsletter

 

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

Nearly five and a half years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake...

 
Fujitsu ICT Contributes to Approximately 40 Million-Ton Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Dec 19, 2016

Corporate

 

Fujitsu ICT Contributes to Approximately 40 Million-Ton Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Fujitsu Ltd., a major Japanese information technology equipment and services pr...

 
Harnessing Fluctuations in Ambient Humidity Enables Semipermanent Actuator Operation

Dec 16, 2016

Environmental Technology

 

Harnessing Fluctuations in Ambient Humidity Enables Semipermanent Actuator Operation

A research group, made up of researchers from RIKEN (Japan's comprehensive sci...

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

Dec 13, 2016

Newsletter

 

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...

 
Current Status of Renewable Energy in Japan

Dec 13, 2016

Renewable Energy

 

Current Status of Renewable Energy in Japan

Japan was four days late to ratify the Paris Agreement, which meant that its nam...

 
Hamamatsu City Making Strides toward Energy Self-Sufficient Smart City

Dec 10, 2016

Civil Society / Local Issues

 

Hamamatsu City Making Strides toward Energy Self-Sufficient Smart City

Hamamatsu, a city in Shizuoka Prefecture that has been actively working to ach...

 
Poor Sanitation Costs Global Economy 223 Billion Dollars

Dec 7, 2016

Corporate

 

Poor Sanitation Costs Global Economy 223 Billion Dollars

LIXIL Group, a global leader in housing and building materials products and ser...

 
Survey Shows 1 in 3 People Value Socially Conscious Products that Exceed Legal Compliance

Dec 4, 2016

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Survey Shows 1 in 3 People Value Socially Conscious Products that Exceed Legal Compliance

A questionnaire survey conducted in March 2016 shows that more than one in thr...

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

Nov 30, 2016

Newsletter

 

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

In Japan, five to eight million tons of food products are disposed of annually...

 
Majority of Japanese Elderly Not Saved Enough for Retirement, More than Double U.S.

Nov 27, 2016

Money

 

Majority of Japanese Elderly Not Saved Enough for Retirement, More than Double U.S.

The Japanese Cabinet Office released the Annual Report on the Aging Society 201...

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

Nov 24, 2016

Newsletter

 

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 ...

 
Community Built at Evacuation Shelter without Placing Partitions

Nov 21, 2016

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Community Built at Evacuation Shelter without Placing Partitions

Tohoku Fukko Nikki (Tohoku Reconstruction Diary), a weekly article in the Toky...

 
From Catch up to Gear up - JR East Promotes Women in Workplace

Nov 18, 2016

Corporate

 

From Catch up to Gear up - JR East Promotes Women in Workplace

East Japan Railway Company (JR East), one of the major railway companies in Jap...

 
Substantial Change toward Expansion: The Sustainable Investment Market in Japan

Nov 15, 2016

Newsletter

 

Substantial Change toward Expansion: The Sustainable Investment Market in Japan

Having used to be limited to individual investors, Japan's sustainable investm...

 
Energy Innovation Strategy to Aim at Strong Economy and CO2 Reduction

Nov 6, 2016

Energy Policy

 

Energy Innovation Strategy to Aim at Strong Economy and CO2 Reduction

On April 18, 2016, Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry laid out th...

 
Community Currency 'Bunji' Changing the Way Money is Used

Oct 31, 2016

Newsletter

 

Community Currency 'Bunji' Changing the Way Money is Used

Japan is a convenient society. People can go shopping without speaking at all....

 
LIXIL Portable Toilet to Exceed One Million Units in Developing Countries

Oct 27, 2016

Corporate

 

LIXIL Portable Toilet to Exceed One Million Units in Developing Countries

LIXIL Corp., a Japanese living and housing solutions company, announced on May ...

 
Research Institutes Collaborate to Create Global Map of CO2 Emissions from Soil

Oct 23, 2016

Climate Change

 

Research Institutes Collaborate to Create Global Map of CO2 Emissions from Soil

The Japanese Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute announced on March...

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

Oct 18, 2016

Newsletter

 

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...

 
Ajinomoto Expands Sports Nutritional Support to Include Disabled Athletes, to Boost Skills in Disability Sports

Oct 13, 2016

Diversity

 

Ajinomoto Expands Sports Nutritional Support to Include Disabled Athletes, to Boost Skills in Disability Sports

One of the major food product manufacturers in Japan, Ajinomoto Co., announced ...

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

Oct 10, 2016

Newsletter

 

'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...

 
Mental Health Care for Survivors Still Needed in 2011 Disaster-Hit Areas

Oct 6, 2016

Resilience

 

Mental Health Care for Survivors Still Needed in 2011 Disaster-Hit Areas

Tohoku Fukko Nikki (Tohoku Reconstruction Diary), a weekly feature in the Toky...

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

Sep 30, 2016

Newsletter

 

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...

 
Offshore Wind Farms Installed Soon in Japan Sea, while Geothermal, Biomass Rise in Akita

Sep 26, 2016

Renewable Energy

 

Offshore Wind Farms Installed Soon in Japan Sea, while Geothermal, Biomass Rise in Akita

Projects are underway to construct offshore wind farms at three sites off the ...

 
Innovative 'Hometown Tax' Donation Program Supports Municipalities

Sep 19, 2016

Newsletter

 

Innovative 'Hometown Tax' Donation Program Supports Municipalities

Japan has a program in which Japanese citizens living anywhere can donate mone...

 
Sharing Values of Food Self-Sufficiency to Answer Unfavorable Rumors

Sep 14, 2016

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Sharing Values of Food Self-Sufficiency to Answer Unfavorable Rumors

The JKSK Yui-Yui project, an initiative to support people in Japan affected by...

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

Sep 11, 2016

Newsletter

 

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

Overcoming a Shrinking Local Economy The ability to make local economies more ...

 
Survey Shows More than 60% of Japanese Workers Want to Give Higher Priority to Personal Lives

Sep 8, 2016

Well-Being

 

Survey Shows More than 60% of Japanese Workers Want to Give Higher Priority to Personal Lives

The Research Institute for Advancement of Living Standards in Japan released it...

 
Renewable Energy on the Rise in Japan: 100 Self-sufficient Municipalities, Oita Largest Prefectural Supplier by Self-sufficiency Ratio

Sep 4, 2016

Renewable Energy

 

Renewable Energy on the Rise in Japan: 100 Self-sufficient Municipalities, Oita Largest Prefectural Supplier by Self-sufficiency Ratio

As more renewable sources are added to the electricity grid in Japan, the rati...

 
Making Olympic Gold Medals from 'Urban Mine' Sources

Aug 31, 2016

Newsletter

 

Making Olympic Gold Medals from 'Urban Mine' Sources

We reported in the June 2016 JFS Newsletter that the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Pa...

 
Japan's Environment Ministry Announces Proposals for Reducing GHG Emissions

Aug 26, 2016

Energy Policy

 

Japan's Environment Ministry Announces Proposals for Reducing GHG Emissions

The Ministry of Environment (MOE) of Japan announced on February 28, 2016, a p...

 
Railway Station to Set Industry Precedent by Procuring Power from Solar and Hydrogen

Aug 21, 2016

Environmental Technology

 

Railway Station to Set Industry Precedent by Procuring Power from Solar and Hydrogen

Hydrogen as an energy source has been gathering increasing attention. In sprin...

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

Aug 14, 2016

Newsletter

 

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...

 

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