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 ...

WWF targets salmon poaching off Russia

Nov 4, 2008

WWF targets salmon poaching off Russia

The World Wide Fund for Nature has launched a campaign to ask governments and companies to reinforce measures against the poaching of salmon in the Russian Far East. The drive by the WWF, which raises funds for projects to conserve endangered species, comes against ...

Global eel population slip-sliding away

Sep 1, 2007

Global eel population slip-sliding away

Japan, Europe, the United States and Canada are experiencing a sharp decline in eel populations due chiefly to overfishing, pollution and destruction of habitats because of river projects. In the face of this, the European Union endorsed a proposal in June for a 60 ...

Nov 1, 2006

Energy-saving light bulbs promoted in Vietnam

Vietnam’s economy has been growing at such a fast pace over the past five years that there are concerns the nation is using too much energy. One Japanese group has jumped in to help with energy-saving light bulbs. In mid-October, Jyukankyo Research Institute Inc., ...

Sep 28, 2006

U.N. University to fight illicit wildlife trade

United Nations University in Tokyo is developing an information system aimed at collecting reports on poaching and illegal wildlife trade in Asia. The university hopes to gather information through an international network, evaluate it and offer it to law enforcement-related authorities in various countries. ...

Caviar poachers find Japan glad to look other way

Mar 7, 2006

Caviar poachers find Japan glad to look other way

The caviar industry is shrinking in Iran and Russia due to rampant poaching, smuggling and a lack of resources management. Japan is one of the biggest importers of the delicacy, but it lags behind Europe and North America in shutting out illegally obtained products. ...