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 ...

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 ...