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Biomass will heat the facility and provide clean CO2 for the plants.
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Feb 22, 2024
A hothouse of ecological ideas will produce tomatoes in Aomori
Starting in April, a project in the Aomori city of Mutsu, at the northern tip of Honshu, will grow tomatoes using a new cultivation method that will go beyond zero carbon and actually absorb more CO2 than it emits. Built on a large abandoned farm, the facility will also create 100 new jobs.
Hisashi Oka, president and CEO
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Feb 14, 2024
OAT Agrio grows better farms with green tech, agrochemicals
OAT Agrio Co. Ltd. produces environmentally friendly fertilizers and other agricultural chemicals for the sake of both better food security and nature. In a recent interview with The Japan Times, the company’s president, Hisashi Oka, talked about its hands-on efforts to learn more and continue improving...
Double articulated track
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Jan 29, 2024
Seino delivers greener logistics through open public collaboration
Seino Holdings Co. Ltd. has been in the logistics business for more than 90 years. Last June, the Gifu-based company expanded its continuing efforts to be environmentally friendly when it announced a long-term vision of “Team Green Logistics” based on a concept of an open public platform.
The Tsukuba Geo Museum is a hands-on exhibition facility.
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Jan 22, 2024
New geopark museum, cycle park showcase Tsukuba’s attractions
The Ibaraki city of Tsukuba in November launched a new facility, Mt. Tsukuba Gate Park, that focuses on promoting the charms of the Mt. Tsukuba Area Geopark and supporting Japan’s cycling culture. City officials stationed there explained what the facility offers and how they aim to nurture the civic...
Makoto Miyauchi, CEO of B-Lot
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Jan 8, 2024
Young B-Lot is on the realty A list for renovations plus innovations
It has been 15 years since the founding of B-Lot Co., a real estate investment, consulting and management company, and nine years since it was publicly listed. It is still a relative youngster in the industry, which is also polarized between giant players serving large enterprises and small ones targeting...
Group photo after an NTT smart city was certified Level 4
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Nov 6, 2023
NTT sustainable smart city effort is developing tools for well-being
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Motosaburo Saito at the headquarters of Oji Holdings, a building that won the Wood Design Award
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Nov 6, 2023
Old-growth paper company Oji renews forests, products, vision
Oji Holdings, Japan’s leading paper manufacturer, is also its largest corporate forest owner. It studies and develops paper products and related materials and is committed to the maintenance of healthy forests. In a recent interview with The Japan Times, the general manager of Oji’s department on...
Tottori Gov. Shinji Hirai (left) with Shinsuke Nakajima, executive chef at the Hotel New Otani Tokyo
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Aug 18, 2023
Tottori, home of premium wagyu, offers great diversity of delicacies
Western Japan’s Tottori Prefecture, lying on the Sea of Japan and boasting the famous Mount Daisen and other peaks, has been a major beef-producing area since the Edo Period. Japan’s least populous prefecture is blessed with rich nature and clean air, abundant groundwater and high-quality straw —...
Kyushu Kumamoto Plant, which received a platinum certification. | SUNTORY
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Aug 8, 2023
Suntory replenishes a century of water stewardship
Born and raised in Naples, Oliviero Morelli joined MSC Cruises in 2004, and 11 years later became president of MSC Cruises Japan.
Japan Times
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Mar 6, 2023
NTT projects in cities and forests use visual data to solve issues
Data is an important element in sustainable regional development. “The Sustainable Smart City Partner Program (SSPP) is carrying out projects to use data in visualizing regional attractions and solving regional issues in various cities across the country,” said Yojiro Onaru, senior manager of NTT...
Japan Times
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Feb 27, 2023
Seino delivers on the promise of faster, greener e-commerce
There is not one place in Japan where Seino Holdings Co. Ltd. doesn’t provide delivery service. Seino is one of Japan’s top commercial logistics companies, with 90 years of history, but if its own network is insufficient, it is ready to cooperate with others to make sure things get delivered to their...
Japan Times
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Feb 21, 2023
Fukuyama, Japan’s city of denim, spins surge in public awareness
Did you know a denim fabric made in Japan has its own history of development? It comes from Fukuyama, a city in the eastern part of Hiroshima Prefecture that produces about 80% of Japan’s denim fabric.
Japan Times
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Feb 7, 2023
Aomori’s Mutsu finds partners for the future through Singapore
The city of Mutsu in Aomori Prefecture is one of the most ambitious and open rural municipalities in Japan. It not only works to revitalize its area in sustainable ways using existing geographic, natural, historic and cultural resources but also collaborates with international players to promote the...
Japan Times
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Dec 19, 2022
Tsukuba’s outlying R8 districts realize and promote their charms
“There is nothing in this town” — this is a phrase you too often hear when asking a resident of a rural area in Japan about places to go and things to see. And it was exactly what many participants said in 2018 at the first residents’ workshop for the promotion of the area surrounding the central...
Japan Times
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Dec 13, 2022
Suntory restores healthy forests to recharge clean natural water
“Today Birds, Tomorrow Humans.” This is the slogan created by Japanese beverage giant Suntory Holdings when it started bird conservation activities in 1973. It indicates that various environmental risks affecting wildlife will come to hurt people as well. The company initially established a bird...
Japan Times
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Nov 28, 2022
Oji’s Nepi Eco paper products advance goal to cut fossil fuels
The first item launched in the Nepi Eco series, a lineup of environmentally conscious products introduced by Oji Nepia Co. Ltd. in 2021, was toilet paper. Oji Nepia is a subsidiary of Oji Holdings, one of the world’s major pulp and paper producers, headquartered in Tokyo’s Chuo Ward. This year, kitchen...
Japan Times
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Nov 24, 2022
Tender wagyu, other delicacies hail from clean lands of Tottori
Among many delicacies in Japan, Tottori Wagyu beef and its history is worth learning to make one’s gastronomic life rich. Tottori Gov. Shinji Hirai and Shinsuke Nakajima, Executive Managing Director and Executive Chef of New Otani Co., Ltd. talked about the charms of the wagyu as well as other produce...
Japan Times
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Nov 7, 2022
Premium Tottori Wagyu beef links up with contest Bocuse d’Or
Among all the wagyu brands in Japan, Tottori Wagyu Olein 55 is especially flavorful and light because of its high oleic acid content. Oleic acid, the main component of olive oil, is said to enhance the meat’s tenderness and smoothness on the palate. To promote Tottori Wagyu brands, including Tottori...
Japan Times
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Oct 24, 2022
NTT’s Sugatami platform will give cities the tools to grow healthy
In recent years, concepts such as smart cities and sustainable urban development have attracted attention in discussions on community development. But there is little point in trying to define them in a way that works for any city, because every region is unique. Efforts should be directed at finding...
Japan Times
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Aug 29, 2022
Suntory preserves ‘lifeline’ of groundwater and forests
Giving back to society is what Suntory Holdings, a global leader in the beverage industry, has been committed to in many ways since its founding in 1899. One of them is its environmental efforts. Long before sustainability became a general concern of the overall international community, Suntory engaged...

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