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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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Nuclear watchdog questions Environment Ministry’s plan to reuse radioactive soil

The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has raised questions about the Environment Ministry’s proposal to reuse radioactive soil resulting from decontamination work around the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant due to the insufficiency of information on how such material would be managed, it has been learned.   As the ministry has not provided a sufficient amount of information, the….Read more

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Large amount of illegal lumber purchased by China

A team of researchers at the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) has issued a report revealing that a large amount of illegally harvested wood from Southeast Asia and Africa has been purchased by China.   The amount of lumber trade for which illegal felling is suspected totaled 6.3 billion dollars (about 740 billion yen) in 2014. China was….Read more

  • December 26, 2016
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 3
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Sea Shepherd leader denied entry at Kansai International Airport

A senior activist from the anti-whaling organization Sea Shepherd had been detained by immigration authorities at Kansai International Airport and denied entry in accordance with Japan’s immigration law. This information was disclosed on Dec. 10. Sea Shepherd has been active in efforts to disrupt dolphin hunting in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture. The activist, who is a leader of the organization’s UK….Read more

  • December 11, 2016
  • , Sankei , p. 1
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Japan’s greenhouse gas emissions fall for 2nd straight year

TOKYO, Dec. 6, Kyodo — Japan’s greenhouse gas emissions fell 3.0 percent in fiscal 2015 from a year earlier, declining for the second straight year, the Environment Ministry said in a preliminary report released Tuesday.   The fall was partly thanks to further reduction in power consumption at houses, offices and commercial facilities, it said.   Japan’s greenhouse gas emissions….Read more

  • December 6, 2016
  • , Kyodo News , 2:02 p.m.
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Sea Shepherd ships depart for annual battle with Japanese whalers

Two ships have left Australia, bound for the freezing Southern Ocean to confront the Japanese whaling fleet in an annual high-seas battle, environmental activist group Sea Shepherd said Monday.   The organization’s flagship, the Steve Irwin, departed for Antarctic waters along with fast, new patrol vessel Ocean Warrior, built with financial support from the Dutch, British and Swedish lotteries.  ….Read more

  • December 5, 2016
  • , The Japan Times
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Expert committee on hydrofluorocarbons to be established

An expert committee will be set up to consider regulations on the domestic production of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) with an eye toward the reduction of these greenhouse gases, Minister of the Environment Koichi Yamamoto announced at a press conference after the cabinet meeting on Nov. 29. The committee will start its deliberations within the year and will announce its conclusions by….Read more

  • November 29, 2016
  • , Mainichi evening edition , p. 7
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MEXT to conduct impact analysis on temperature rise

In response to the effectuation of the Paris accord this month, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology will embark on a project to analyze the impact on mankind and the environment that a 1.5 degree rise in temperate from pre-industrial era will have.  The impact analysis of a temperature rise of 2 degrees and higher has been….Read more

  • November 28, 2016
  • , Mainichi evening edition , p. 7
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Editorial: Participation of all countries vital to ensure success of Paris accord

All participating countries should work within the same framework to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to fight global warming. That is the essence of the Paris Agreement that replaced the Kyoto Protocol.   Countries with large greenhouse gas emissions should not turn their backs on international rules.   The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) of the U.N.….Read more

  • November 20, 2016
  • , The Japan News , 7:42 pm
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COP22 participants agree to draw up rules for Paris climate accord in 2018

All Sunday papers reported on the conclusion of the COP22 conference in Morocco on Friday, explaining that the participants agreed to draft new rules in 2018 on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change. The dailies said with this global consensus, the landmark agreement mandating all signatories to reduce CO2 emissions picked up momentum….Read more

  • November 20, 2016
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