In Focus

Photo Report (May, 2014)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister of the Environment Ms. Tomoko Ukishima attended the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD). (May 19th - 20th, 2014)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister of the Environment Ms. Tomoko Ukishima attended the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) and engaged in discussions with other high-level government representatives on topics such as the challenges and initiatives relevant to sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region.


  • Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ms. Ukishima remarked on the importance of a low carbon society that embraces a sound material cycle and harmony with nature.

  • Bilateral meeting with Dr. Shamshad Akhtar Detho, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

  • Bilateral meeting with Ms.Oyun Sanjaasuren, Minister of Environment and Green Development of Mongolia

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Mr. Makihara, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of the Environment attended events including the high level meeting of the Abu Dhabi Ascent in support of Climate Summit 2014. (May 4th – 9th, 2014)

Mr. Makihara attended the Abu Dhabi Ascent in support of Climate Change Summit 2014 in September. He also visited Kenya and Nigeria and exchanged opinions with relevant people on various topics including their efforts toward renewable energy.


  • A scene from the high level meeting in Abu Dhabi

  • Introducing Japan's new climate change campaign, "Fun to Share," to U.N. Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki Moon

  • Visit to a geothermal power plant in Kenya

  • Meeting with Ms. Laurencia Labaran Mallam, the Nigerian Minister of Environment.

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Parliamentary Vice-Minister of the Environment Ms. Tomoko Ukishima visited Vietnam. (May 3rd – 7th, 2014)

Ms. Ukishima visited sites in Vietnam including a waste-treatment facility by Ichikawa Kankyo Engineering Co., Ltd and a demonstration plant for industrial wastewater treatment by Sekisui Aqua Systems Co. Ltd. She also exchanged views with Mr. Tuyen, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, in order to further strengthen the partnership for the environmental collaboration.


  • Visit to a plant for reproducing refuse paper & plastic fuelv

  • Visit to a facility of energy-saving industrial organic wastewater treatment

  • At the bilateral dialogue with Mr. Tuyen, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

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