Convenience stores in Japan to charge for plastic bags from July

Business Jun 4, 2020

Convenience stores in Japan to charge for plastic bags from July

Three major convenience store operators will charge customers ¥3 for each plastic shopping bag at all domestic outlets from July 1, it was learned Thursday. This comes in line with the government's plan to oblige retailers across the country to charge fees for plastic bags ...

Still-edible food waste in Japan fell by 310,000 tons in fiscal 2017

National Apr 18, 2020

Still-edible food waste in Japan fell by 310,000 tons in fiscal 2017

Japan discarded an estimated 6.12 million tons of still-edible food in fiscal 2017, down 310,000 tons from the previous year, as increasingly cost-conscious restaurants and convenience stores dumped less of it, according to government data. The figure is the lowest since comparable data became available ...

Kyoto Prefecture city to ban single-use plastic shopping bags

National Mar 24, 2020

Kyoto Prefecture city to ban single-use plastic shopping bags

A city assembly in western Japan enacted an ordinance Tuesday that bans local retailers from offering single-use plastic shopping bags to customers, whether they are free or priced, the first such measure in the country. The ordinance in Kameoka, Kyoto Prefecture, is set to take ...