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September 2016

Japan's Fight Against Global Warming

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- TICAD VI in Nairobi, Kenya

Japan's Fight Against Global Warming


Japan's "Plan for Global Warming Countermeasures"

We asked Director-General Kenji Yamaji of the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE), who worked on developing the plan as a member of the advisory board for the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, about Japan's measures for preventing global warming and its international contributions.

FCVs: The Cars of the Very Near Future

Efforts to popularize fuel cell vehicles are underway in Japan, the first country to introduce such vehicles to the market.

The World's Largest Floating Wind Farm

A demonstration project of floating wind power generators is underway off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture.

COURSE50: Breaking the CO2 Reduction Deadlock

In Japan, government and private sector partners are engaged in cooperative R&D to reduce the CO2 emissions produced in the manufacturing of iron and steel.

Cool Shirt!

The annual Cool Biz campaign that kicked off in 2005 has accelerated the development of highly functional fibers that can make the hot Japanese summer feel cooler and more comfortable.

Smart Living in Kashiwa-no-ha

Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City in Chiba Prefecture demonstrates how energy can be saved and CO2 emissions reduced using a mixture of advanced technologies and common sense.

Conservation Education

Oshihara Elementary School in Yamanashi Prefecture uses its eco-friendly amenities to provide its pupils with a high-quality environmental education.

ALOS: Monitoring the Forests Above the Clouds

Japan is utilizing its space technology to support the conservation of the Amazon and other tropical forests in order to suppress CO2 emissions.


Knock on Wood

A Japanese research group has developed a highly efficient manufacturing technology for the production of "cellulose nanofibers," a strong, light and as such environmentally friendly material with multiple applications made from wood.

The Geothermal Man

Mexican-born geothermal power consultant Enrique M. Lima Lobato is working to popularize geothermal power use around the world.

In Praise of Shadows

Lighting designer Daisuke Yano pursues a very "Japanese way of using light.

Brush Work

In the Hiroshima Prefecture town of Kumano, craftsmen continue to use traditional techniques for the production of the brushes to which they give their name, Kumano-fude.

Yoi Yoi Dekansho!

The people of Sasayama in Hyogo Prefecture have been passing down and adapting their famous local folk song - the "great, great" "Dekansho Bushi" - for many, many years.