Environment Ministry plans to support zoos breeding rare species

Jul 7, 2016

Environment Ministry plans to support zoos breeding rare species

The Environment Ministry is set to start a program to support zoos and botanical gardens making efforts to breed and preserve endangered species, informed sources said Thursday. Few of the zoological and botanical gardens set up by municipalities can cover their costs with admission ...

Cat cafes in Japan to be allowed to open until 10 p.m.

Apr 27, 2016

Cat cafes in Japan to be allowed to open until 10 p.m.

The Environment Ministry plans to permanently allow cat cafes to stay open until 10 p.m. from June, extending a temporary measure after finding the later hours make little difference to the animals’ stress, ministry officials said Wednesday. At the same time, the ministry will ...

Jan 19, 2016

Japan approved 85,550 MW of renewable energy projects since 2012

Japan has given the go-ahead to 85,550 megawatts of clean-energy projects since the introduction of an incentive program in July 2012, with solar comprising the vast bulk of the new capacity. Of the approvals, 23,650 megawatts, or about 28 percent, had gone online as ...

Bundle up inside — the annual 'warm biz' campaign is in effect

Nov 2, 2015

Bundle up inside — the annual 'warm biz' campaign is in effect

The Environment Ministry’s annual “warm biz” campaign kicked off on Monday, calling for reduced use of heating at workplaces and households to help conserve energy. A winter counterpart to the “cool biz” summer program, the campaign urges people to adopt living habits that make ...

Jul 30, 2015

Japan to ban imports of red-eared slider turtles

The Environment Ministry plans to ban imports of non-native red-eared sliders, a type of turtle popular as pets in Japan, to protect the ecosystem. The ban probably won’t take effect until 2020 at the earliest, Shigeo Kitamura, the vice environment minister, said Wednesday in ...