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Eco Cities Take Root
With its rooftop greenery and broad planted areas, not to mention a circulation system that utilizes urban gas as an energy source, Mori Building's "vertical garden city" Roppongi Hills in Tokyo is a fine example of a model urban development. COURTESY OF MORI BUILDING GO.
|Eco Cities Take Root|
To transform Japan into a low-carbon society, our lifestyles, urban and traffic situations, and other social systems need to undergo fundamental change. Pioneering such transformation are Japan's Eco-Model Cities.
|The Importance of Integration|
Shuzo Murakami, a research expert in architectural and urban environmental engineering and geoenvironmental engineering, comments on the significance and likely effect of Japan's Eco-Model Cities program.
|Radical Initiatives Rewarded|
Masahiro Nakajima, a member of the government panel which selected the first Eco-Model Cities, comments on the selection procedure.
|The Low-carbon City Simulator|
Selection of the first Eco-Model Cities called on the use of a "low-carbon city simulator." Tsuyoshi Fujita explains how it works.
|Power to the People|
Teruaki Masumoto, executive advisor for the Tokyo Electric Power Company, appraises the environmental movement afoot which sees private enterprises working closely with regional communities.
|How to Lead a Low-carbon Lifestyle|
What can ordinary citizens do to expedite the achievement of a low-carbon society? Junko Edahiro, a leading environmental journalist and activist, comments.
|ERIA: A New Driver for Economic Integration in East Asia|
The Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) was officially launched in June. What is ERIA and what does it plan to research? Kimura Fukunari comments.
Fostering the development of "kids design" is contributing to the development of world-first, attractive product designs for children and adults alike. Ryu Arakawa reports.
|Up on the Roof|
Terunobu Fujimori offers an overview of the evolution of traditional Japanese residences from their origins as pit dwellings.
|The Growing Appeal of Biomass|
Kinya Sakanishi, director of the Biomass Technology Research Center (BTRC) at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), comments on the research and development of biomass energies such as bioethanol and biodiesel.
Further to some breakthrough recent discoveries on site, Kosaku Maeda explains Japan's preservation and restoration activities in Bamiyan, Afghanistan.
|Fun and Games|
Tony McNicol was among the close to 200,000 visitors at this year's Tokyo Game Show keen to discover the latest trends in the huge global game industry.
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