Japan mulls minimum 20% greenhouse gas cut by 2030

Apr 9, 2015

Japan mulls minimum 20% greenhouse gas cut by 2030

Japan may set a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels, as part of efforts to strike a new global deal to combat climate change later this year. The target, still a source of conflict ...

Officials shift course on tainted soil storage

Jul 29, 2014

Officials shift course on tainted soil storage

In its quest to find a temporary home for soil tainted by radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the Abe administration says it will set a policy where temporary storage facilities will be built on land used but not owned by the government.

| Jul 20, 2014

New radiation measurement method spreads confusion

Confusion is spreading among towns and cities tasked with radiation cleanup in the face of a new decontamination policy to be released by the Environment Ministry as early as this month. The government has been decontaminating areas whose aerial radiation reading is 0.23 microsievert ...

Jun 11, 2014

Trial decontamination work stumbles

Trial decontamination work in evacuated areas of Fukushima Prefecture has failed to reduce radiation levels to a point where residents can return to their homes, the Environment Ministry said Wednesday. Radiation levels were lowered by around 50 to 80 percent in test residential areas, ...

Super Cool Biz underway

Jun 2, 2014

Super Cool Biz underway

The government kicked off its annual Super Cool Biz campaign Monday to encourage workers to dress down more and use air conditioning less, as unseasonably hot weather continued across Japan. The energy-saving campaign is an enhanced version of Cool Biz, the initiative started 10 ...

Japan neglecting wetlands: ministry

May 23, 2014

Japan neglecting wetlands: ministry

Japan's wetlands and mud flats are worth ¥1.6 trillion a year in terms of water purification and food supply, the Environment Ministry estimates in a call for preservation.

Mar 24, 2014

Cold response to global warming

A new Environment Ministry report estimates damage from anticipated global warming. Unfortunately efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions do not appear high on the Abe administration's policy agenda.

Mar 17, 2014

Flood damage to triple by end of century: study

The annual cost of damage caused by flooding in Japan is estimated to triple by the end of this century to ¥680 billion due to global warming, a government research team said Monday. A rise in the average annual temperature of between 3.5 and ...