If we’re gonna save the planet, things will have to change. Here are some baby steps in the right direction out of Japan:
- Gundam never dies! Bandai Namco recently launched a project to recycle the throwaway plastic frames, aka runners, from its popular “Mobile Suit Gundam” model kits. It’s all in a good cause: reducing waste and making more “Gunpla” kits.
- The Bank of Japan will consider climate change in its monetary policy talks, Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has said in his clearest signal yet that the central bank is tilting in the same direction as counterparts in Europe. But will this mean anything in practice?
- Japan discarded 120,000 tons less still-edible food in fiscal 2018 than a year earlier, government data shows, but there was still 6 million tons of the stuff wasted. The government has set a goal of cutting that figure to 4.89 million tons by fiscal 2030.
- The Environment Ministry has begun waiving full-day parking charges for electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles at 14 parking lots in 10 national parks. Next step: installing EV charging stations in the parks.
- Nippon Paper has a dream: using trees to develop a greener successor to lithium-ion batteries for EVs. While wooden batteries may sound absurd — and experts are skeptical — the firm aims to have a pilot system ready for show at the Osaka World Expo in 2025.