In Focus

Photo Report (January, 2019)

Awards Ceremony at the 30th MOA Museum of Art Children's Art Exhibition (January 27, 2019)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister of the Environment, Mr. Katsumata attended the 30th MOA Museum of Art Children's Art Exhibition and delivered a congratulatory address. He wished that many more people are interested in environmental issues through this exhibition.


  • Congratulatory Speech by Parliamentary Vice-Minister Katsumata

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The official visit paid to the construction site of a large-scale solar power plant in Ito City, Shizuoka (January 25, 2019)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Katsumata conducted an inspection at the construction site of a large-scale solar power plant that has raised concerns about the environmental impact. Ministry of the Environment had been discussing on its Environmental Impact Assessment Act for solar power generation facilities.


  • Official inspection at the construction site of a large-scale solar power plant

  • Meet with Mayor Ono of Ito City, Shizuoka

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Meet with Mayor of Namie, Fukushima to discuss a policy against excessive wild boars (January 24, 2019)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister of the Environment, Mr. Kanke visited Namie-city, Fukushima to meet with Mayor of Namie and Chairman of Fukushima Council. They have provided for the approval of temporary incinerator plants burning excessive wild boars in the wider area of Futaba county.


  • Meet with Mayor of Namie and Chairman of Fukushima Council

  • On-the-move interview surrounded by local reporters

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Public Symposium on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) (January 24, 2019)

State Minister of the Environment, Mr. Kiuchi attended the Public Symposium on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity in Marine Protected Areas, co-hosted by Ministry of the Environment and Ocean Policy Research Institute, Sasakawa Pease Foundation. At the speech, State Minister pledged to conserve biodiversity by setting up marine protected areas.


  • Opening Speech by Mr. Kiuchi, State Minister of the Environment, Japan

  • Symposium Session

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Launch of Plastics Smart Forum (January 23, 2019)

Minister Harada attended the inauguration ceremony of Plastic Smart Forum, along with the local government and the private sector, and ask to spread the concept of "Wise Use of Plastic".


  • Minister Harada talked about using plastic wisely

  • Messages of support for this forum

  • Participants posed for a commemorative photo

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MOE to hold a Symposium on Disaster Waste Management (January 22, 2019)

Minister Harada attended and gave an opening speech at the Symposium on Disaster Waste Management, which theme was Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in Disaster Waste Management.


  • Opening Remarks by Minister Harada

  • Over 120 participants joined the Symposium

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4th Signing Ceremony of the National Park Official Partnership Program (January 21, 2019)

Minister Harada attended the 4th Signing Ceremony of the National Park Official Partnership Program and concluded new partnership agreements with 12 companies/organizations.


  • Group photo with new official partners

  • Official handover of the Partnership

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Inspection Visit at the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) - Part 1 (January 21, 2019)

State Minister Akimoto visited the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) in Tsukuba, Ibaraki and toured several facilities for Climate Change, Global Environmental Studies, Resource Circulation・Waste Management, and Invasive Non-Native Species Study.


  • During the inspection

  • Received an explanation on Invasive Non-Native Species

  • Waste Management Plant Tour

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Meeting with local financial institutions in Shizuoka to exchange views on ESG (January 21, 2019)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Katsumata visited local financial institutions in Shizuoka in order to hold a hearing on ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance), and promised ministry support for promoting ESG.


  • Exchanging opinions in a meeting with the Mishima Shinkin Bank 1

  • Exchanging opinions in a meeting with the Mishima Shinkin Bank 2

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Minister Harada and Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kanke's Official Visit to Fukushima (January 18, 2019)

Minister Harada and Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kanke visited Fukushima to meet with the Governor of Fukushima and Chairman of Fukushima Counci, in an effort to highlight revival of Fukushima.


  • Meet with Mr. Masao UCHIBORI, Governor of Fukushima

  • Meet with Mr. Eikou YOSHIDA, Chairman of Fukushima Council

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Inspection visit at Tokyo Shinkoto Waste Treatment Plant (January 18, 2019)

State Minister Akimoto visited Tokyo Shinkoto Waste Treatment Plant, Clean Authority of Tokyo 23 cities, and inspected waste incineration sites.


  • Waste Collection

  • Treatment of Incineration Ash

  • Heat Supply Facilities

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Inspection Visit at the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) - Part 2 (January 18, 2019)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Katsumata visited the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) in Tsukuba, Ibaraki and toured several facilities for Climate Change, Global Environmental Studies, Resource Circulation・Waste Management, and Invasive Non-Native Species Study.


  • Received an explanation on Invasive Non-Native Species

  • Exchange of views on Climate Change

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The 7th Advisory Committee on the Basic Ideas of Environmental Impact Assessment Related to Solar Power Generation Facilities (January 17, 2019)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Katsumata attended and delivered a closing speech at the 7th Advisory Committee on the Basic Ideas of Environmental Impact Assessment Related to Solar Power Generation Facilities. In his speech, he mentioned of the ministry's plan regarding the framework of the entire system.


  • Closing Remarks by Parliamentary Vice-Minister Katsumata

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Inspection Visit at the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) - Part 3 (January 15, 2019)

Minister Harada visited the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) in Tsukuba, Ibaraki and toured several facilities for Climate Change, Global Environmental Studies, Resource Circulation・Waste Management, and Invasive Non-Native Species Study.


  • Received an explanation on Global Environmental Studies

  • Exchange of views on Climate Change

  • Waste Management Plant Tour

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Official Visit by Dr. David M. Malone, UNU Rector and UN Under-Secretary-General (January 15, 2019)

Minister Harada met with Dr. Malone and engaged in frank exchanges of views on enhanced future cooperation between MOE and UNU (United Nations University).


  • Good mood for meeting between Minister Harada and Dr. Malone

  • Posing for a commemorative photo

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The ninth session of the Assembly of IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency ) in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. (January 10 - 11, 2019)

Minister Harada delivered a speech at the ninth session of the Assembly of IRENA, and spoke about Japan's effort on climate change, use of renewable energies as the main source of power, and advancing renewables in developing countries in cooperation with IRENA. Minister Harada actively met with high level officials and paid an official visit to the world's largest solar power plant.


  • Delivering a speech at the assembly

  • Bilateral Meeting with H.E. Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, the UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment

  • Inspection Tour at Noor Abu Dhabi Solar Power Plant (previously known as Sweihan Solar Photovoltaic Plant) in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

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Japan-Vietnam Environmental Week (January 9 - 11, 2019)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Katsumata attended the 5th Japan-Vietnam Environmental Policy Dialogue and the Seminar on Environmental Infrastructure during Japan-Vietnam Environmental Week in Hanoi, Vietnam.


  • At the 5th Japan-Vietnam Environmental Policy Dialogue

  • At the Seminar on Environmental Infrastructure

  • Bilateral Meeting with Minister Ha

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New Year Address 2019 (January 8, 2019)

Minister Harada and State Minister Akimoto delivered new year's addresses to the ministry staff members. Minister Harada also asked every ministry staff to stand in solidarity for the successful G20 Ministerial Meeting.


  • Minister Harada's speech

  • State Minister Akimoto's speech

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Meeting with Dato Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN (January 7, 2019)

Minister Harada exchanged opinions with Dato Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN, to enhance ASEAN-Japan Environmental Cooperation.


  • Exchanging views

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