In Focus

Photo Report (June, 2019)

Inspection Visit to the Ogasawara National Park ~World Natural Heritage site in Tokyo (June 29 - 30, 2019)

Minister Harada visited Ogasawara Islands and its National Park to assess the conservation status of threatened species. MOE has commissioned and supported the Conservation Project since 2004.


  • Discussing the action plan against invasive species

  • At the Ogasawara World Heritage Centre

  • At the Observation Deck

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State Minister Kiuchi's Official Visit to Cambodia and Bangladesh (June 27 - July 1, 2019)

Prior to the meeting of ASEAN Senior Officials on Environment (ASOEN) in September, State Minister Kiuchi paid an official visit to Cambodia and Bangladesh. He met with ministers and several government officials in both countries to engage in frank exchanges of views on the upcoming ASEAN meeting and enhanced environmental cooperation.


  • With Dr. Say Sam Al, Cambodia's Minister for Environment

  • Senior Officials' Meeting between Bangladesh and Japan

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Bilateral Meeting with Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan (June 27, 2019)

Minister Harada met Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan (Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Republic of Indonesia) during G20 Osaka Summit. MOE and Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia managed to agree on a joint statement on tackling marine plastic pollution.


  • During the Meeting

  • Signing Ceremony for the Joint Statement

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Inspection Visit to the Oze National Park, Fukushima (June 22, 2019)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kanke visited the the Oze National Park, to support environmental remediation as a part of the revitalization of Fukushima. Oze National Park is an immense natural expanse actually shared by four prefectures - Niigata, Gunma, Fukushima and Tochigi.


  • Route from/to Numayama Pass

  • Oe Wetlands

  • Discussing Deer (Population) Management for the Ecosystem

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Official Visit by Minister Kubatbek Boronov (First Deputy Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic) (June 21, 2019)

Minister Harada met the First Deputy PM of the Kyrgyz Republic Kubatbek Boronov and other officials, and discussed environmental issues in Central Asia and future cooperation between MOE and Kyrgyzstan Government.


  • During the Meeting

  • Active Exchange of Opinions

  • Minister Boronov and Minister Harada

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Official Visit by Chairman Bakhrom Kuchkorov (State Committee on Ecology and Environmental Protection, Uzbekistan) (June 21, 2019)

Minister Harada welcomed Mr. Bakhrom Kuchkorov, Chairman of the State Committee for Ecology and Environment Protection of the Republic of Uzbekistan, and engaged in an exchange of views on environmental issues in Central Asia and future cooperation between MOE and the Uzbek Government.


  • Bilateral Discussions

  • During the Meeting

  • Chairman Kuchkorov and Minister Harada

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Japan Committee for the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB-J) (June 20, 2019)

The UN General Assembly at its 65th session declared the period 2011-2020 to be the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity. It was proposed by the Government of Japan during "10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP10), Convention on Biological Diversity, held in Nagoya, in October 2010.


  • Minister Harada to Moderate a Session

  • During the Committee Meeting

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UMIGOMI Zero International Symposium 2019 (June 17, 2019)

MOE and The Nippon Foundation organized "UMIGOMI Zero International Symposium," to disseminate Japan's action against marine litter. (Umigomi: "umi" means ocean/sea, "gomi" means waste/trash in Japanese)


  • Opening Remarks by Minister Harada

  • Closing Remarks by State Minister Akimoto

  • Together with Winners of UMIGOMI Zero Award

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Japan-CLP (Japan Climate Leaders' Partnership) Symposium 2019 (June 17, 2019)

Japan-CLP is a business coalition in Japan that aims to create a low-carbon society, seizing on the idea that sustainable low-carbon development is a prerequisite for economic activity. It was set up to urge the industrial community to develop a sound sense of urgency on the issue of climate change and to initiate more proactive actions.


  • Opening Address by Minister Harada

  • During the Symposium

  • Panel Discussion

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G20 Ministerial Meeting on Environment and Energy (State Minister Kiuchi) (June 16, 2019)

State Minister Kiuchi joined the second day of G20 Ministerial Meeting on Environment and Energy in Karuizawa, and moderated some of sessions. He engaged in discussion about climate change, renewable energy, and marine litter during bilateral talks.


  • Moderating a Session on on Infrastructure and Environment

  • Productive Meeting with German Counterpart, Ms. Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter (Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety)

  • G20 Innovation Exhibition Walkthrough

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G20 Ministerial Meeting on Environment and Energy (Parliamentary Vice-Minister Katsumata) (June 16, 2019)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Katsumata joined the second day of G20 Ministerial Meeting on Environment and Energy in Karuizawa, and hosted several bilateral meetings.


  • Attending Plenary Session along with Minister Harada

  • Bilateral Discussion with Vice Minister Lê Công Thành (Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment (MONRE), Vietnam)

  • At G20 Innovation Exhibition

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G20 Ministerial Meeting on Environment and Energy (Part 2) (June 15-16, 2019)

A number of bilateral meetings were facilitated by Japan's Environment Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries, and they worked on the compilation and agreement of the communiqué, and reconfirmed joint commitment to collaborating for solving environmental problems.


  • Japan-U.S. Bilateral Meeting (with Mr. Andrew Wheeler from EPA)

  • Inauguration of the Asia-Pacific Adaptation Information Platform (AP-PLAT)

  • Joint Press Conference at the end of the Ministerial Meeting

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G20 Ministerial Meeting on Environment and Energy (Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kanke) (June 15, 2019)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kanke joined the first day of G20 Ministerial Meeting on Environment and Energy in Karuizawa, and conducted several bilateral discussions.


  • Together with Minister Harada and State Minister Akimoto

  • With Minister Thérèse Coffey (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), U.K.)

  • With Dr. Martine Dubuc (Associate Deputy Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Canada)

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G20 Ministerial Meeting on Environment and Energy (State Minister Akimoto) (June 15, 2019)

State Minister Akimoto joined the first day of G20 Ministerial Meeting on Environment and Energy in Karuizawa. He actively promoted Fukushima products to world leaders, to support the recovery effort and reputation damage control of the region.


  • At the Environment Plenary Session

  • Bilateral Meeting with Ms. Stientje van Veldhoven (State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management, the Netherlands)

  • Introducing Japanese "Sake" produced in Fukushima

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G20 Ministerial Meeting on Environment and Energy (Part 1) (June 15-16, 2019)

G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth was held in Karuizawa, Nagano on June 15 and 16. This Ministerial Meeting is co-chaired by Japan's Minister of Environment and Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the G20 leaders have adopted the official communiqué and other annexed documents.


  • Minister Harada's Statement at the Environment Session

  • Environment and Energy Ministers from G20 and outreach countries

  • Local high school students joined the Ministerial Meeting and presented their research proposals

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Official side events of G20 Ministerial Meeting on Environment and Energy (June 14, 2019)

Minister Harada, together with EPA Administrator, Mr. Wheeler visited G20 Innovation Exhibition and participated in Hydrogen Energy related events. Governor Matsui of Nagano officially handed over "Nagano Declaration" to Minister Harada.


  • Reiwa Tea Ceremony with Hydrogen Energy

  • At G20 Innovation Exhibition, Ministers enjoy drinks with biodegradable plastic cups and wooden straws

  • Official Handover Ceremony of Nagano Declaration

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The 40th Meeting of the Global Warming Prevention Headquarters at the Prime Minister's Office, Japan (June 11, 2019)

Prime Minister Abe held the 40th meeting of the Global Warming Prevention Headquarters at his office. Main discussion was to develop Japan's Long-Term Strategy under the Paris Agreement as a growth strategy.


  • Minister Harada side by side with PM Abe and Defense Minister Iwaya

  • Also discussing Green Innovation Summit, to be held in Japan this autumn

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World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF2019) in Helsinki, Finland (June 3, 2019)

The WCEF, the global initiative, brings together business leaders, policymakers and experts to discuss how businesses can seize new opportunities and gain a competitive advantage through circular economy solutions, as well as how the circular economy contributes to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


  • Opening Address by State Minister Akimoto

  • Over 2000 participants from nearly 100 countries

  • Meeting with Minister Kimmo Tiilikainen (Minister of Agriculture and the Environment of Finland)

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World Hydrogen Technologies Convention (WHTC 2019) in Tokyo, Japan (June 3, 2019)

Minister Harada attended the 8th World Hydrogen Technologies Convention (WHTC2019) and introduced some of MOE's hydrogen projects.


  • Speech by Minister Harada

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Eco Life Fair 2019, Yoyogi Park in Tokyo, by MOE (June 1-2, 2019)

From awareness to action, the two-day family-friendly Eco Life Fair covers base on sustainability and eco-friendly lifestyles, with hands-on workshops, speaker events and booths that focus on various environmental issues and solutions.


  • Panel Discussion on "COOL CHOICE"

  • Exhibition Booth Walkthrough by Minister Harada

  • State Minister Akimoto at one of Exhibition Stands

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