Tag - environment-ministry



A "cooling shelter" set up inside the city hall in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture
May 1, 2024
Municipalities setting up 'cooling shelters' in bid to prevent heatstroke
Operators of designated facilities will be asked to open them for use by people to escape the heat when a special alert for heatstroke is issued.
Tokyo observed the first "extremely hot day" of the season on July 10, 2023, when the temperature hit 36.5 degrees. A new heatstroke alert system will be put in place on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Apr 23, 2024
Japan to put special alert system for heatstroke in place
The Environment Ministry will put in place a special alert system for heatstroke to protect people from unprecedented heat.
Black bears have been added to the list of "designated wildlife species for control" by the Environment Ministry.
Apr 16, 2024
Japan adds black and brown bears to subsidized hunting list
The government is stepping up the control measures as bear attacks on humans hit a record high in fiscal 2023 that ended in March.
Japan's emissions in fiscal 2023 represents a 23% reduction from 2013 levels, but it’s still a way off from the 46% reduction the government has pledged to make by 2030.
Apr 12, 2024
Japan’s annual emissions drop as industrial pollution shrinks
Emissions slipped 2.3% in the year ending March 2023 to 1.085 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, the environment ministry said.
Inspections by authorities found that puppies and kittens have been traded at younger ages than permitted by law, apparently because younger animals sell better.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 16, 2024
Birth date falsifications suspected for puppies auctioned in Japan
The Environment Ministry believes breeders altered dates of birth in order to put puppies and kittens up for auction even though they were too young.
A wild bear spotted in Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture, in October 2022
Jan 15, 2024
Japan to bolster measures against bears waking up from hibernation
Each prefecture will be given ¥3 million to ¥5 million in financial resources to help with the measures.
A bear spotted in the town of Shibecha, Hokkaido, in June
Dec 26, 2023
Japan mulls designating bear populations for capture amid attacks
There were a total of 193 bear attacks in Japan between April and November, with six fatalities among the 212 victims.
In residential areas, bears are said to be attracted to compost waste, persimmons and chestnuts.
JAPAN / Society
Oct 20, 2023
Bear attacks on the rise in Akita and Iwate due to lack of food
According to Akita Prefecture, a record 39 people were attacked from April through Oct. 11.
Tourists take pictures of an Enoshima Electric Railway train in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, in July.
Oct 18, 2023
Japan tries 'nudge theory' in bid to curtail littering by tourists
Thea measures come as littering and other problems related to overtourism are worsening in popular destinations.
Environment Minister Shintaro Ito speaks to reporters at the ministry on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 11, 2023
Tokyo and Kumamoto appeal ruling in favor of Minamata victims
The ruling found that plaintiffs not eligible for relief payments under a 2009 special law were affected by the mercury poisoning disease.
The Environment Ministry previously planned to carry out the probe on the so-called forever chemicals, which have been detected in well water in many parts of Japan, in fiscal 2024.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Oct 10, 2023
Probe into PFAS contamination to take place earlier than planned
The Environment Ministry previously planned to carry out the investigation on the so-called forever chemicals in fiscal 2024.
The Environment Ministry plans to launch a survey in fiscal 2024 on how manufacturers recycle plastics and metals contained in industrial waste.
Aug 28, 2023
Japan to conduct survey on closed-loop recycling
Closed-loop recycling is spreading in recent years on the back of improvements in technology to remove impurities from recyclable waste.
A fire ant found at a container terminal in the Port of Tokyo
Jul 25, 2023
Japan to test fire ant sniffer dog for first time
The government has designated fire ants as an invasive species requiring emergency measures due to the insect's potential for damage.
Japan Times
Apr 21, 2023
Japan's emissions up for first time in eight years in blow to climate goal
The country's emissions expanded 2% in the year ending March 2022 to 1.12 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, the Environment Ministry said.
Japan Times
Apr 17, 2023
G7 ministers promise more green energy use, but timeline on coal exit elusive
Japan’s position, adopted by the country's ministers, is that each country has its own economic energy situation that requires different methods to achieve carbon neutrality.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 16, 2023
G7 environment ministers agree on drastic expansion of wind power, but no coal exit timeline
Agreement leaves open the possibility of current coal plants employing controversial new technologies like hydrogen and ammonia co-fired plants as well as carbon capture and storage.
Japan Times
Dec 26, 2022
Local governments and businesses in Japan promote food drives
The programs are attracting attention not only as a means of support for the poor, but also as a measure to reduce food waste.
Japan Times
Oct 3, 2022
Japan considers surveys on used clothing to promote recycling and 'sustainable fashion'
The surveys, targeting municipalities and apparel companies, are expected to be launched later this month.
Japan Times
Aug 27, 2022
Japan aims to expand size of circular economy to ¥80 trillion by 2030
The country is aiming to boost the size of its domestic circular economy, which focuses on reducing carbon emissions through reuse of products and resources.
Japan Times
Aug 24, 2022
Environment Ministry planning biodiversity conservation tax breaks for fiscal 2023
The move aims to encourage nature conservation efforts by the private sector in order to achieve a G7 goal of protecting at least 30% of land and oceans as healthy ecosystems by 2030.


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