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Shirahama zoo successfully breeds giant pandas

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai Plus” reported on a zoo in Shirahama, Wakayama, which has developed a unique breeding program for giant pandas. Instead of following the global practice of immediately separating the cub from the mother, the facility allows the mother to care for the cub as much as possible. As a result, the zoo has successfully bred many panda cubs in recent years, and China and….Read more

  • March 14, 2017
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EU negotiator on climate change expects Japan to introduce carbon taxes

Jake Werksman, principal advisor to the directorate general for climate change at the European Commission, noted that the introduction of carbon taxes and emissions trading schemes is an “indispensable means to combat global warming” when answering questions from the press in Japan. He also expressed expectations that Japan will implement these measures. The method of pricing carbon and regarding emissions as….Read more

  • March 11, 2017
  • , Nikkei evening edition , p. 3
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METI reviews expressions for potential sites for final nuclear waste disposal

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) on March 2 agreed to review the expressions to be used on a map showing prospective areas for building final disposal sites for highly radioactive waste generated by reprocessing spent nuclear fuel.   Up until now, METI had marked areas as “suitable” for disposal of high-level radioactive waste. From now on it will….Read more

  • March 3, 2017
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 6
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Japan to tighten control over domestic ivory trade

Tuesday evening’s Nikkei wrote that the cabinet approved on Tuesday a bill strengthening government control over domestic ivory trade by requiring domestic dealers to register with the government. The bill to amend the existing law on conservation of endangered species will be submitted to the current Diet session. Under the amended law, ivory dealers will be inspected every five years….Read more

  • February 28, 2017
  • , Nikkei evening edition
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Scientists explore the impact of global warming on Japan’s sea life

British and Japanese scientists are conducting innovative research to discover how Japan’s marine ecosystem could be affected by global warming.   They are looking into the potential side effects of rising acidity in Japan’s seas caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.   Previous studies in the Mediterranean have shown increased acidification can disrupt the growth of….Read more

  • February 17, 2017
  • , Kyodo News , 09:06
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Ministry of the Environment proposes introducing carbon pricing

On Feb. 2, the Ministry of the Environment proposed introducing carbon pricing to make substantial cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. The proposal was part of the ministry’s draft “Long-Term Carbon Vision,” which will serve as the basis for working out a “long-term strategy” toward achieving the [Japanese government’s] target of reducing emissions by 80% by 2050.   The Ministry of….Read more

  • February 3, 2017
  • , Mainichi , p. 7
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GOJ alarmed by Trump’s intention to eliminate measures against global warming

Asahi reported online on press remarks this morning by Environment Minister Yamamoto, who commented on President Trump’s plan to repeal the Climate Action Plan that was formulated under the Obama administration by saying: “We are very concerned…. The Trump administration cannot turn this global trend around. U.S. companies and states are taking measures [to address climate change]. The federal government cannot….Read more

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Japan’s manufacturers look to overachieve on emissions cuts

TOKYO — Major Japanese manufacturers expect a 14.4% decline in their greenhouse gas emissions for fiscal 2030 compared with fiscal 2013, a deeper cut than the government set as a goal for the sector, a Nikkei Inc. survey finds.   Export-driven manufacturers, with overseas environmental standards to meet and corporate social responsibility obligations to uphold, forecast even bigger reductions: 32.3%….Read more

  • January 23, 2017
  • , Nikkei Asian Review , 1:30 a.m.
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Australian gov’t criticizes Japan’s Antarctic whaling operations

Australian Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg on Monday criticized Japan for continuing its whaling program in the Antarctic, saying the government is “deeply disappointed” that the international moratorium on commercial whaling is not being observed.   The comments come as Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull takes flak at home for failing to seriously address the issue with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo….Read more

  • January 16, 2017
  • , Kyodo News , 18:36
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Japan Inc. taking lead in switch to green refrigerants

Lawson, Ajinomoto and other Japanese corporations are phasing out the use of fluorocarbon refrigerants, a class of greenhouse gases, in order to both comply with stiffer regulations and attract investors concerned about the environment.     Institutional investors around the globe are increasingly taking environmental measures into account when screening investments. Such socially responsible asset management has reportedly climbed to $62 trillion.….Read more

  • January 10, 2017
  • , Nikkei Asian Review , 7:30 am
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