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February 2011

Sustainable Cities

Sustainable Cities  ( HTML : English / Japanese )

Rethinking Japan's Community Spaces

Across Japan, businesses and local communities are working to reduce their CO2 emissions, drawing on renewable energy supplies, for example, or introducing "smart" systems for energy conservation. In doing so they continue to improve people's lives and maintain industrial development.

Electric Unazuki  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(282KB)

The hot spring resort of Unazuki in Toyama Prefecture is positioning itself as a low-carbon sightseeing area.

Kouto Tokyo · LIGHTOPIA  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(138KB)

LED light displays brought a festive sparkle with a conservationist theme to the Tokyo Station area last December.

Factory Floors of the Future  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(116KB)

Leading manufacturers are revamping their production processes both to reduce CO2 emissions and boost their competitiveness.

Eco-Products 2010  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(591KB)

Introducing some of the interesting technologies on display at the latest Eco-Products environmental fair held in Tokyo in December.


Living Off the Grid  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(458KB)

Rokkasho-mura in Aomori Prefecture is the location for a pioneering experiment in "smart house" living.


Feeling the Co-benefits  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(95KB)

"Co-benefits" projects led by Japan are helping to reduce CO2 emissions in developing countries while also helping to conserve the local environment.


Ecozzeria Ushers in "Eco Offices"  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(321KB)

Ecozzeria in central Tokyo serves both as a provider of information about environmental issues and as a model of an environment-friendly workspace.


The Future City Concept  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(115KB)

An interview with Dr. Shuzo Murakami, chief executive of the Building Research Institute and head of an expert review panel on the Future City Concept, a new Government policy.


A Fresh Start for Forests,
A Fresh Start for Biodiversity
  ( HTML : English / Japanese )

Reviewing events held to coincide with the end of the International Year of Biodiversity and the start of the International Year of Forests.

Second Kan Cabinet Reshuffle  ( HTML : English / Japanese )

On January 14 Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced the second reshuffle of his Cabinet.


Opening Japan and Reinventing KIZUNA  ( HTML : English / Japanese )

Prime Minister Naoto Kan delivered a speech, "Opening Japan and Reinventing KIZUNA," at the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 29.


Good Design Award  ( HTML : English / Japanese )

Profiling some of the winners of Japan's Good Design Award for 2010.


Ship for World Youth, 2011  ( HTML : English / Japanese )

Some 265 young people from thirteen countries set sail from Yokohama in January on a six-week tour of the South Pacific.


Breakthroughs in Bakery  ( HTML : English / Japanese )

Pan Akimoto in Tochigi Prefecture has developed a long-life and life-saving bread for disaster victims around the world.


Snow Country  ( HTML : English / Japanese )

We visit two unusual tourist resorts in northern Japan whose chief attractions are centered on snow and ice.


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