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Mymizu’s water app just first step to ending plastic waste

Joe Muntal

From conservation to climate change, the environmental challenges of our times are daunting and can seem distant from our everyday...

Evonne Yiu, U.N. researcher and champion of forests and sea

Timothy Schultz
Contributing writer

The early morning sea off Ishikawa Prefecture was gentle, the fisherman sitting casually at the boat’s bow. They were idling...

With oceans facing increasing risks, no nation is an island

Jacob Reed

Among global environmental issues, the sustainable use of the seas is of paramount importance. About 2.4 billion people, 40 percent...

Japan’s COVID-19 response: What it did right, what it has to learn

Yoshiyuki Sagara
Fellow Asia Pacific Initiative

Within a year, the Japanese government has issued two states of emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic under two prime ministers:...

How Mie preserves firms, farms, fishing and tourism

Maiko Muraoka

Mie Prefecture, located in the center of the Japanese archipelago, has a balanced economy supported by industry, agriculture, fishing and...

Oji turns wood into alternative materials of glass and plastics

Maiko Muraoka

Oji Holdings, with a history of more than 140 years since its establishment, has always been a leader in Japan’s...

ESG awards recognize efforts on energy, child labor

Maiko Muraoka

To achieve the 17 U.N. sustainable development goals and bring a better future for all, what is needed is action...

ESG awards recognize efforts of Suntory, Fuji Oil

Maiko Muraoka

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are attracting ever more attention from all stakeholders, from investors to consumers, as some...

Japan climate summit draws participants from around globe

Carl Stimson

The Japan Climate Action Summit 2020 brought together leaders in the public and private sectors from around the country, as...

Harnessing the power of finance to lessen emissions from energy


Effective use of the power of finance is becoming more important to making significant advances in responding to climate change,...

Possible tech for more viable recycling

R Plus Japan, Ltd.

More than half of the total output of plastic waste in Japan is currently used for thermal recycling. A new...

Japan alliance hopes to recycle 100% of plastic products by 2050

Japan Clean Ocean Material Alliance

With 2015 research led by University of Georgia professor Jenna Jambeck revealing that approximately 8 million tons of plastic waste...