In Focus

Photo Report (February, 2018)

Low Carbon Cup 2018 (February 15, 2018)

The Low-Carbon Cup is to encourage schools, volunteers, NPOs and corporations, activities towards a low carbon society. It also provides opportunities for participants to gain valuable experience of sharing knowledge with others. Tono Ryokuho High School from Iwate Prefecture won the Grand Prix for its research project on using the fibres from the hops to make traditional Japanese paper.

  • Speech by Parliamentary Vice-Minister Sasagawa

  • With Students from Iwate Tono Ryokuho High School

  • Group Photo with Participants

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State Minister Tokashiki's Visit to Amami Oshima, Kagoshima Prefecture (February 14, 2018)

An oil spill from an Iranian tanker that sank in the East China Sea in mid-January had been spreading and reached islands in southern Japan earlier this month. State Minister Tokashiki met with Kagoshima Governor Mitazono, to discuss about prevention of further oil spill and cleanup processes. She also visited beaches to see the actual black clumps of oily matter washed up on the shores of Amami.

  • Oily Matter that Washed up on the Shore

  • Joining Local Volunteers for Beach Clean-ups

  • Meeting with Governor Satoshi Mitazono of Kagoshima Prefecture

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All Japan School Biotope Contest Awards Ceremony for 2017 (February 11, 2018)

Biotope is an area of relatively uniform environmental conditions, occupied by a given plant community and its associated animal community. Creating a school biotope project has been ongoing over recent decades with the aim of providing ecological spaces at schools and ecological education. It is proven that children learn about the existence of various ecosystems through playing there.

  • Speech by Parliamentary Vice-Minister Sasagawa

  • Presenting the Environment Minister's Award

  • With Students of the Minister's Award Winner School (Tochigi Prefectural Nasu Takuyo High School)

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Meet with Participants of the African Clean Cities Platform (ACCP) and the Solid Waste Management (SWM) Training (February 5, 2018)

State Minister Ito and Parliamentary Vice-Minister Takebe visited African participants of the Knowledge Co-Creation Program on "Enhancement of Solid Waste Management Capacity (Advance, Planning and Policy)" in Yokohama. One-month course aims for participants to formulate action plans towards sustainable SWM, which specify policies for improving the present SWM in their countries and cities.

  • Meet with Participants from Côte d'Ivoire, Lesotho, Nigeria, South Sudan and Sudan

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