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August 2012

FUTURE TRANSPORT
Greener Ways to Get Around


PRIME MINISTER'S DIARY
G20/World Ministerial Conference on Disaster Reduction in Tohoku  ( HTML : English / Japanese )
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Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda attended the G20 Los Cabos Summit in June and the World Ministerial Conference on Disaster Reduction in Tohoku, Japan in July. Here are two brief reports.

 


COVER STORY
FUTURE TRANSPORT Greener Ways to Get Around
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The dissemination of means of transport that have a low impact on the environment is one of the important themes of Japan's Future City Initiative. In this month's Cover Story we look at some of the innovative transport systems under development (and already in use) in Japan, beginning with an overview courtesy of Professor Haruo Ishida of the Future Cities selection committee.

 


Intelligence on the Road  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(472KB)

Japan's Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) are having a profoundly beneficial effect not only on drivers and their passengers but also on the environment.


International Departures  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(466KB)

New York's "taxi of the future," the Delhi Metro, China's first monorail... Environment-friendly transportation technologies developed in Japan are now being applied around the world.


All Aboard the Transport of our Dreams
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Ideas for transport systems that once seemed farfetched are suddenly on the brink of practical realization. We take a look at a flying train, an electric-powered cargo ship and a roller-coaster-style form of urban transport.


STUDENTS' CORNER
Yamanote Line  ( HTML : English / Japanese )
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Learn about Tokyo's iconic rapid rail transit loop and answer our quiz!


SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Following the Flow of Water  ( HTML : English / Chinese / Japanese )
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Japan launched the satellite Shizuku in May. Shizuku joins the A-Train Earth observation satellite constellation run by NASA with a mission to observe the circulation of water on a global scale.


YAMATO NADESHIKO
Building Pride and Confidence in Post-Confrict Zones
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In this month's installment of our series profiling influential Japanese women, we speak with Rumiko Seya, secretary-general of the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention (JCCP), who has worked for post-conflict resolution in countries including Afghanistan, the Balkans and South Sudan.


MASTERS
A Passion for Lacquer  ( HTML : English / Chinese / Japanese )
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Englishwoman Suzanne Ross is one of the leading exponents-and a pioneering force-in the age-old Japanese craft of Wajima lacquerware.


THE NATION'S MUSEUMS
Homma Museum of Art  ( HTML : English / Chinese / Japanese )
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The beautiful villa in Sakata, Yamagata Prefecture, that was once the personal retreat of the wealthy Homma family is today the Homma Museum of Art.



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