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August 2020

MOTTAINAI: CREATING A SOUND MATERIAL-CYCLE SOCIETY

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  • THEME FOR AugustMOTTAINAI: CREATING A SOUND MATERIAL-CYCLE SOCIETY

    The 4th Fundamental Plan for Establishing a Sound Material-Cycle Society was announced by Japan's Ministry of the Environment in 2018, and initiatives under the plan are continuing apace. In this month's issue, we spotlight a few examples and reveal how the traditional Japanese trait of treasuring things, captured in the phrase mottainai, is always to the fore.

     

FEATURES

  • Towards the Realization of a Sound Material-Cycle Society

    An interview with Sakita Yuko, journalist and member of the Ministry of the Environment's Central Environment Council.

  • An Eco-Town Where Resources Are Reused and Recycled

    Kawasaki's coastal area has become a leading Japanese "eco-town," attracting attention both inside and outside Japan.

  • New Technology for Recycling Used Clothes

    A Japanese venture company has developed proprietary recycling technology for discarded clothes.

  • A Luxury Hotel Recycling Food Waste

    For more than twenty years, a famous hotel in Tokyo has been turning food waste from within the hotel into a resource.

  • Protecting the Pacific Islands from Waste

    Japan has been supporting Pacific island countries in Oceania for many years through activities to improve waste management.

  • Mottainai Grandma Active Around the World

    Mottainai Grandma is a popular picture book series with a protagonist who communicates the importance of taking care of things.

  • Kintsugi: The Healing Power of Pottery Repair

    A traditional repair method for pottery known as kintsugi is growing in popularity in Japan and overseas.

  • The Joy of Fixing Toys

    The Japan Toy Hospital Association is an organization made up of volunteers who repair broken toys mostly for free.

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