Tetsuji Ida

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Jul 18, 2014

Iriomote wildcat activist continues dad's work

It was by no means love at first sight for Kumi Togawa, 62, a wildlife activist who is trying to save the Iriomote wildcat. Togawa’s first encounter with the rare species took place when she was forced to surrender her bedroom to accommodate a ...

Entrepreneur urges mindset change

Feb 12, 2014

Entrepreneur urges mindset change

A U.S.-based entrepreneur who became the first Japanese invited to a U.S. presidential State of the Union address has said that Japan must shake off its “stagnation” by fostering innovation and ditching outdated ideas. Speaking in Tokyo, Hiroyuki Fujita, the 47-year-old founder and president ...

Farmer's Tepco grudge runs deep

Jan 29, 2014

Farmer's Tepco grudge runs deep

A 70-year-old man who after retiring took up farming in a village in Fukushima Prefecture is in no mood to forgive Tokyo Electric Power Co. for the damage caused by the disaster at the nearby Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. “My grudge against ...

Oct 8, 2013

Alpinist-photog Noguchi focuses on life, death

Ken Noguchi, a prominent alpinist and camera enthusiast, recently published a photo book with the theme of life and death, encompassing journeys to mountaintops and areas of the Tohoku region devastated by the March 2011 tsunami. Noguchi, 40, gained renown in 1999 at age ...

Tokyo's emissions crusader spills beans

Sep 24, 2013

Tokyo's emissions crusader spills beans

Teruyuki Ohno has spearheaded Tokyo’s fight against global warming for more than a decade. The 60-year-old Ohno spent half of his 34-year career with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government working on environmental policies, most recently as director of its environment bureau until mid-July. He led ...

Scientist illuminates worth of traditional societies today

May 9, 2013

Scientist illuminates worth of traditional societies today

Modern societies may have developed powerful political governments and more advanced technologies, but at the same time valuable wisdom and lessons accumulated through human history often become a forgotten past. Drawing on his decades-long career of extensive research in biology, cultural anthropology and other ...

Antipoverty activist tries to keep '15 goals alive

Mar 5, 2013

Antipoverty activist tries to keep '15 goals alive

As executive director of an umbrella alliance of civic groups trying to fight poverty in developing countries, Masaki Inaba is actively engaged in policy recommendations and a public awareness campaign, with the goal of a poverty-free world. A Kyoto native, Inaba, 44, leads the ...

Apr 2, 2010

Researchers study products' 'water footprints'

It takes about 10 liters of water to produce a bottle of beer, while about 65 cu. meters of water is needed to manufacture an automobile. These figures are estimates worked out by Taikan Oki, a professor at the Institute of Industrial Science at ...

Mar 30, 2010

Asphalt jungle Marunouchi to try going green

Naka Inoue went to work for the environmental strategy center of Mitsubishi Estate Co. about three years ago without knowing anything about ecology. But she is now engaged in environment-related projects at the Ecozzeria center in the 38-story Shin-Marunouchi Building in front of Tokyo ...