In Focus

Photo Report (April, 2014)

Mr. Ishihara, Minister of the Environment, attended the 16th Tripartite Environment Ministers Meeting among Korea, China and Japan (TEMM16) held in Daegu, Korea. (April 28th – 29th, 2014)

Air pollution problem including PM2.5 was discussed as the most important issue in TEMM16. As a result, the Ministers of three countries regarded improvement of air quality as one of the top priorities of tripartite cooperation in the next five years and adopted the joint communique which involves the concrete content for future cooperation.


  • Mr. Yoon Seongkyu, Minister of Environment, Korea (left) and Mr. Li Ganjie, Vice Minister of Environmental Protection, China (right)

  • Minister Mr. Ishihara makes his remarks in the plenary session

  • Dr. Nishikawa Masataka, Tokyo University of Science, received the TEMM Environment Award

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Visit to the planned site for nuclear waste disposal and the Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant (27 April-3 May, 2014)

From April 27th to May 3rd, Mr. Shinji INOUE, Senior Vice Minister of the Environment, visited the planned site for nuclear waste disposal, "ONKALO", at Olkiluoto, Finland, and the Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant in the U.S.


  • At the planned site for nuclear waste disposal

  • At a control room in the Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant

  • Exchanging views with U.S. government representatives (for nuclear emergency preparedness)

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A Bilateral Talk and Signing of a Memorandum of Environmental Cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran (April 2th, 2014)

In order to strengthen cooperative relations in the environmental field with the Islamic Republic of Iran, Minister of the Environment Mr. Nobuteru Ishihara held a bilateral talk and signed a memorandum on bilateral environmental cooperation with Dr. Masoumeh Ebtekar, Iranian Vice President and Head of Iran's Department of Environment.


  • The bilateral talk held prior to the signing

  • Minister Mr. Ishihara and Vice President Dr. Ebtekar at the signing ceremony

  • Participants from the two countries

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