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JANIC Releases

Apr 19, 2018

Others

 

JANIC Releases "Posters with a Few Extra Words" to Raise Awareness of SDGs

The Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC), a non-profit organ...

 
The Growing Senior Population in Japan's Metropolitan Areas: Challenges for Japan, Hints for the World

Apr 15, 2018

Newsletter

 

The Growing Senior Population in Japan's Metropolitan Areas: Challenges for Japan, Hints for the World

In depopulated mountain villages of Japan, it's mostly elderly people who are ...

 
Japanese Researchers Achieve World's First Production of Hydrogen from Water and Visible Sunlight

Apr 12, 2018

Environmental Technology

 

Japanese Researchers Achieve World's First Production of Hydrogen from Water and Visible Sunlight

With permission from Smart Japan, a news site providing the latest information...

 
Japan Adopts Basic Strategy to Realize Hydrogen-Based Society

Apr 8, 2018

Energy Policy

 

Japan Adopts Basic Strategy to Realize Hydrogen-Based Society

The Japanese government formulated on Dec. 26, 2017, a basic strategy for promo...

 
Japanese Researchers Develop Flame-Retardant Electrolyte for Safer Batteries

Apr 4, 2018

Environmental Technology

 

Japanese Researchers Develop Flame-Retardant Electrolyte for Safer Batteries

The University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, and Japan's National Institute for M...

 
Nishiawakura's Initiative for 100% Energy Self-Sufficiency, and a Municipal ICO Scheme

Mar 30, 2018

Newsletter

 

Nishiawakura's Initiative for 100% Energy Self-Sufficiency, and a Municipal ICO Scheme

The February 2018 issue of the JFS Newsletter reported on a Japanese village's...

 
SAVE JAPAN Project Recognized with Award for Sustainability Initiatives

Mar 28, 2018

Corporate

 

SAVE JAPAN Project Recognized with Award for Sustainability Initiatives

The SAVE JAPAN Project of the Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc. was recogniz...

 
Renewable Energy from Fukushima to be Used at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Mar 25, 2018

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Renewable Energy from Fukushima to be Used at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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

 
Japan Meteorological Agency Providing Monitored Information on Ocean Acidification Worldwide

Mar 22, 2018

Climate Change

 

Japan Meteorological Agency Providing Monitored Information on Ocean Acidification Worldwide

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) announced on November 27, 2017, that it h...

 
Toyota Publishes Report on Hydrogen Use

Mar 19, 2018

Corporate

 

Toyota Publishes Report on Hydrogen Use

As co-chair of the Hydrogen Council, Toyota Motor Corporation issued a statemen...

 

Mar 15, 2018

Newsletter

 

"Good Companies in Japan" (Article No. 2): Seeking "Happiness" for All Stakeholders

This JFS newsletter series introduces selected examples of good companies in J...

 
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Aims for Zero Emissions during Olympic Ceremonies by Using Carbon Credits

Mar 12, 2018

Climate Change

 

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Aims for Zero Emissions during Olympic Ceremonies by Using Carbon Credits

The Bureau of Environment of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced on Oct...

 
Giving Tohoku Children Opportunities to Enjoy the Sea

Mar 8, 2018

Disaster Reconstruction

 

Giving Tohoku Children Opportunities to Enjoy the Sea

Tohoku Fukko Nikki (Tohoku Reconstruction Diary) is a weekly feature in the To...

 
Community Nurse Project to Elevate Community Health Across Japan

Mar 4, 2018

Civil Society / Local Issues

 

Community Nurse Project to Elevate Community Health Across Japan

Bono Inc., a Japanese startup, launched a community nurse project as a new bus...

 
Nishiawakura's Initiative for Self-Dependence Attracting Motivated Young People to Migrate to the Village and Start Businesses

Feb 28, 2018

Newsletter

 

Nishiawakura's Initiative for Self-Dependence Attracting Motivated Young People to Migrate to the Village and Start Businesses

Nishiawakura is a "village" ("mura," Japanese rural district) with a populatio...

 
Aleph Wins Hokkaido Biodiversity Conservation Award

Feb 24, 2018

Corporate

 

Aleph Wins Hokkaido Biodiversity Conservation Award

Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost prefecture, announced the winners of its first b...

 
'Future Chart' City Visualizer Now Available for Municipalities in Japan

Feb 19, 2018

Population Decline

 

'Future Chart' City Visualizer Now Available for Municipalities in Japan

Professor Hidefumi Kurasaka and his team at Chiba University Graduate School ma...

 

Feb 15, 2018

Newsletter

 

"We Sell Services, Not Products": Using LCA to Measure the Environmental Benefits of Nihonkai Gas's Heater Rentals

Nihonkai Gas's PaaS Model Fan Heater Rental Service In our July 2017 issue, we...

 
Japanese Ministry Announces Follow-up Results of Climate Adaptation Measures

Feb 11, 2018

Climate Change Adaptation

 

Japanese Ministry Announces Follow-up Results of Climate Adaptation Measures

The Japanese Ministry of the Environment announced on October 11, 2017, that i...

 
RIKEN Study Successfully Enhances Tolerance of Plants to Salt Stress

Feb 8, 2018

Environmental Technology

 

RIKEN Study Successfully Enhances Tolerance of Plants to Salt Stress

The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) in Japan announced on N...

 
Research Center for Community Building Opens

Feb 4, 2018

Education

 

Research Center for Community Building Opens

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

 
Healthy Living through Improved Air-Quality and Environmental Protection: Programs to Prevent Health Damage from Pollution

Jan 31, 2018

Newsletter

 

Healthy Living through Improved Air-Quality and Environmental Protection: Programs to Prevent Health Damage from Pollution

Japan's economy grew rapidly after World War II and its industrial productivit...

 
World Greenhouse Gas Levels Reach New High in 2016

Jan 29, 2018

Climate Change

 

World Greenhouse Gas Levels Reach New High in 2016

The United Nations' World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released the WMO an...

 
Three ESG Indices Selected to Incorporate ESG Factors into Japanese Equity Investment

Jan 26, 2018

Money

 

Three ESG Indices Selected to Incorporate ESG Factors into Japanese Equity Investment

Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), the world's largest pension...

 

Jan 23, 2018

Newsletter

 

"Good Companies in Japan" (Article No. 1): Valuing Employee Happiness and Trust

The April 2017 edition of the JFS newsletter introduced Kamakura Management In...

 
Japanese Railway Begins Biogas Production Using Food Waste from Station Buildings

Jan 20, 2018

Corporate

 

Japanese Railway Begins Biogas Production Using Food Waste from Station Buildings

East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) announced on March 7, 2017, that it has entere...

 
Washable, Ultra-thin Organic Solar Cell Developed by Japanese Scientists

Jan 16, 2018

Environmental Technology

 

Washable, Ultra-thin Organic Solar Cell Developed by Japanese Scientists

A group of scientists from RIKEN, a comprehensive chemical institute in Japan, ...

 
Actions Toward 100% Renewable Energy in Japan

Jan 12, 2018

Newsletter

 

Actions Toward 100% Renewable Energy in Japan

The ISO Student Committee at Tokyo City University held its 19th Environment I...

 
Science Council of Japan Releases Policy Recommendation:

Jan 9, 2018

Well-Being

 

Science Council of Japan Releases Policy Recommendation: "Roadmap to Healthy Low-Carbon Lifestyles, Cities and Buildings"

The Science Council of Japan released on August 24, 2017, the deliberation res...

 
Transforming Child-Rearing Frustrations into Ghost Picture Cards Helps Make Families Happy

Jan 6, 2018

Education

 

Transforming Child-Rearing Frustrations into Ghost Picture Cards Helps Make Families Happy

A team of three Japanese child-rearing mothers, "Enra Enra," formed in 2015, is...

 
Another Role for Igune (premises forest)

Jan 1, 2018

Food

 

Another Role for Igune (premises forest)

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

 
15-Year Integrated Forest Environment Education in Shimokawa, Hokkaido to Support Sustainable Forest Management

Dec 28, 2017

Newsletter

 

15-Year Integrated Forest Environment Education in Shimokawa, Hokkaido to Support Sustainable Forest Management

The last issue introduced the town of Shimokawa, Hokkaido, whose industrial pr...

 
Tokyo Institute of Technology Successfully Visualizes Water Produced inside Fuel Cells

Dec 25, 2017

Environmental Technology

 

Tokyo Institute of Technology Successfully Visualizes Water Produced inside Fuel Cells

Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) an...

 
Fifth Contest to Award Excellent Environmental and Social Practices by Junior High, High School Students

Dec 21, 2017

Newsletter

 

Fifth Contest to Award Excellent Environmental and Social Practices by Junior High, High School Students

A contest in Japan to award junior high and high school student groups for out...

 
2017 Green Power Work Shop to Train Personnel for Local Green Power Businesses

Dec 18, 2017

Education

 

2017 Green Power Work Shop to Train Personnel for Local Green Power Businesses

The Green Power Work Shop, a business school organized by the Agency of Natural...

 
Coco Farm & Winery: An Amazing Model of Special Needs Students and Community

Dec 13, 2017

Newsletter

 

Coco Farm & Winery: An Amazing Model of Special Needs Students and Community

Vineyards cover a steep slope in Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture. The land was or...

 
Kyoto University Utilizes AI to Propose Policies for Japan's Sustainable Future to 2052

Dec 10, 2017

Policy / Systems

 

Kyoto University Utilizes AI to Propose Policies for Japan's Sustainable Future to 2052

Professor Yoshinori Hiroi and colleagues of Kyoto University's Kokoro Research...

 
Global Stagnation Projected on Crop Yield Increase under Climate Change Development, Diffusion of Adaptation Technology Now More Important

Dec 8, 2017

Food

 

Global Stagnation Projected on Crop Yield Increase under Climate Change Development, Diffusion of Adaptation Technology Now More Important

Japanese Institutions, including the Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences ...

 
KOBO-SYU Markets Self-Expression of People with Disabilities

Dec 4, 2017

Diversity

 

KOBO-SYU Markets Self-Expression of People with Disabilities

KOBO-SYU, a welfare institution established in 2002, turns artwork created by ...

 
Sustainable Community Building in Shimokawa: Recycling-Oriented Forest Management Enabling Permanent Use of Forest Resources

Nov 30, 2017

Newsletter

 

Sustainable Community Building in Shimokawa: Recycling-Oriented Forest Management Enabling Permanent Use of Forest Resources

Introduction Japan has entered an era of population decline. While young peopl...

 
NEDO and IHI Conduct World's First Trials of 100 kW Ocean Current Power Generation System

Nov 29, 2017

Environmental Technology

 

NEDO and IHI Conduct World's First Trials of 100 kW Ocean Current Power Generation System

The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and IH...

 
Japanese NGOs Release Joint Statement on Government's Review of Sustainable Development Goals

Nov 23, 2017

Policy / Systems

 

Japanese NGOs Release Joint Statement on Government's Review of Sustainable Development Goals

To report on national progress with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) J...

 
TMG Sewerage Bureau Aims to Make Tokyo a 'Smart Energy City'

Nov 20, 2017

Newsletter

 

TMG Sewerage Bureau Aims to Make Tokyo a 'Smart Energy City'

Sewage systems play an important role in making our lives safe and comfortable...

 
Nara Medical University Launches Medicine-Based Town Research Institute

Nov 17, 2017

Civil Society / Local Issues

 

Nara Medical University Launches Medicine-Based Town Research Institute

Nara Medical University announced on October 12, 2016, that it has launched the...

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

Nov 12, 2017

Newsletter

 

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...

 
TEPCO and Shibuya City Test IoT Home Monitoring Service for Seniors

Nov 9, 2017

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

TEPCO and Shibuya City Test IoT Home Monitoring Service for Seniors

Smart Japan Tokyo's Shibuya City and Tokyo Electric Power Company announced pla...

 
From

Oct 30, 2017

Newsletter

 

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 ...

 
Takenaka Achieves Zero-Energy Retrofit on Own Building while in Operation, First in Japan

Oct 25, 2017

Corporate

 

Takenaka Achieves Zero-Energy Retrofit on Own Building while in Operation, First in Japan

Takenaka Corp., a leading Japanese construction company, announced on May 17, 2...

 
Nishiawakura's Initiative Based on People Discovering Their Own Desires

Oct 21, 2017

Newsletter

 

Nishiawakura's Initiative Based on People Discovering Their Own Desires

Nishiawakura is a "village" (Japanese "mura," essentially a rural district) lo...

 
Ministry Formulates Basic Strategies to Promote Japanese Environmental Infrastructure Overseas

Oct 18, 2017

Environmental Technology

 

Ministry Formulates Basic Strategies to Promote Japanese Environmental Infrastructure Overseas

Japan's Ministry of the Environment announced on July 25, 2017, that it had dra...

 

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