E-mail Newsletter "Highlighting JAPAN"
No. 101 (September 2016)
[Contents of Highlighting JAPAN September 2016]
<< PRIME MINISTER'S DIARY >>
- TICAD VI in Nairobi, Kenya
<< COVER STORY >>
[ Japan’s Fight Against Global Warming ]
- Japan’s “Plan for Global Warming Countermeasures”
We asked Director-General Kenji Yamaji of the Research Institute of Innovative
Technology for the Earth (RITE), who worked on developing the plan as a member
of the advisory board for the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, about
Japan’s measures for preventing global warming and its international
- FCVs: The Cars of the Very Near Future
Efforts to popularize fuel cell vehicles are underway in Japan, the first
country to introduce such vehicles to the market.
- The World’s Largest Floating Wind Farm
A demonstration project of floating wind power generators is underway off the
coast of Fukushima Prefecture.
- COURSE50: Breaking the CO2 Reduction Deadlock
In Japan, government and private sector partners are engaged in cooperative
R&D to reduce the CO2 emissions produced in the manufacturing of iron and
- Cool Shirt!
The annual Cool Biz campaign that kicked off in 2005 has accelerated the
development of highly functional fibers that can make the hot Japanese summer
feel cooler and more comfortable.
- Smart Living in Kashiwa-no-ha
Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City in Chiba Prefecture demonstrates how energy can be
saved and CO2 emissions reduced using a mixture of advanced technologies and
- Conservation Education
Oshihara Elementary School in Yamanashi Prefecture uses its eco-friendly
amenities to provide its pupils with a high-quality environmental education.
- ALOS: Monitoring the Forests Above the Clouds
Japan is utilizing its space technology to support the conservation of the Amazon
and other tropical forests in order to suppress CO2 emissions.
<< SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY >>
- Knock on Wood
A Japanese research group has developed a highly efficient manufacturing
technology for the production of “cellulose nanofibers,” a strong, light and as
such environmentally friendly material with multiple applications made from
<< HOME AWAY FROM HOME >>
- The Geothermal Man / Enrique M. Lima Lobato
Mexican-born geothermal power consultant Enrique M. Lima Lobato is working to
popularize geothermal power use around the world.
<< INNOVATIVE ARTISTS >>
- In Praise of Shadows / Daisuke Yano
Lighting designer Daisuke Yano pursues a very “Japanese way of using light.
<< TRADITIONAL CRAFTS >>
- Brush Work
In the Hiroshima Prefecture town of Kumano, craftsmen continue to use
traditional techniques for the production of the brushes to which they give
their name, Kumano-fude.
<< JAPAN HERITAGE >>
- Yoi Yoi Dekansho!
The people of Sasayama in Hyogo Prefecture have been passing down and adapting
their famous local folk song ? the “great, great” “Dekansho Bushi” ? for many,
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