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 ...

Mar 17, 2014

New burden for Minamata victims

The Environment Ministry appears to have relaxed conditions for the official recognition of Minamata disease victims, but the attached record-keeping requirements make it unlikely that many more people will receive financial relief.

Hay fever season hits Kanto earlier than usual

Jan 31, 2014

Hay fever season hits Kanto earlier than usual

by Atsushi Kodera

Hay fever season has arrived in the Kanto region to the dismay of people who every year suffer sneezing, runny noses and itchy eyes from “sugi” cedar or “hinoki” cypress pollen. Weathernews Inc. said the allergy season arrived a week to 10 days earlier ...

Dec 15, 2013

State to purchase Fukushima land for waste storage

The Environment Ministry officially announced Saturday that the government aims to buy 19 sq. km of land around the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear complex to build facilities for the long-term storage of radioactive and other waste churned up by decontamination work. The plan ...