In Focus

Photo Report (May, 2018)

2018 OECD Ministerial Council Meeting in Paris, France (May 31, 2018)

State Minister Tokashiki attended the Environment Meetings at the 2018 Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM). She also had bilateral meetings with OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, Minister Nicolas Hulot (Minister for the Ecological and Solidary Transition of France), and Vice Minister Dr. Rodolfo Lacy Tamayo (Vice Minister of Environment of Mexico).


  • Statement by State Minister Tokashiki

  • With OECD Secretary-General Gurría (left) and Ms. Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20 (right)

  • Together with Minister Hulot of France

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Memorial Ceremony for the War Dead at the Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery in Tokyo (May 28, 2018)

Minister Nakagawa attended a prayer ceremony organized by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, in remembrance of all victims of war.


  • Laying Flowers and Offering Prayers

  • In the Solemn Atmosphere of the Ceremony

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International ONSEN Summit in Beppu City, Oita (May 26, 2018)

Minister Nakagawa attended the world's first international conference on ONSEN where participants exchanged information and engaged in discussion on the use of ONSEN resources and the potential for regional development. Participants in the Summit included leaders and researchers from ONSEN areas in Japan and around the world.


  • Address by Minister Nakagawa

  • At the Venue

  • With International Speakers and Participants

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Official Visit by Secretary KS Wong of the Environment Bureau, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (May 22, 2018)

State Minister Ito welcomed Mr. WONG Kam Sing (黃錦星), Secretary for the Environment for Hong Kong SAR, and discussed the environmental initiatives and further cooperation.


  • State Minister Ito at the Meeting

  • Remarks by Secretary Wong

  • Thanking Each Other

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Introduction of "Tokyo 2020 Medal Project" to Minister Surasak of Thailand (May 18, 2018)

State Minister Ito visited the Tokyo Central Post Office where he introduced the Medal Project to General Surasak Karnjanarat, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand. Minister Surasak also participated in the project by donating his disused mobile phone into the collection box.


  • State Minister Ito, Minister Surasak, and Thai Delegation

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Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) in the field of Environment between the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand and the Ministry of the Environment, Japan (May 17, 2018)

Minister Nakagawa and General Surasak Karnjanarat, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand signed a MoC on Environment fields. Subsequently, they were joined by State Minister Ito and State Minister Tokashiki for the first Japan-Thailand Environmental Policy Dialogue, where discussions took place on course of action for concrete cooperation based on the memorandum.


  • Minister Surasak and Minister Nakagawa

  • At the Signing Ceremony with Delegates

  • Japan-Thailand Environmental Policy Dialogue

  • During a Discussion Session

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Official Visit by Minister Ostap Semerak of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, Ukraine (May 14, 2018)

Minister Nakagawa and Minister Semerak had a frank exchange of views about climate change, energy, protection and preservation of natural environment. Minister Semerak also attended "International Symposium on the Environment after Fukushima and Chernobyl Accidents" held by the Institute of Environmental Radioactivity, Fukushima University, and visited to the Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute, AIST (FREA).


  • Minister Semerak and Minister Nakagawa

  • During the Meeting

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State Minister Ito's Official Visit to the People's Republic of China (May 12-14, 2018)

State Minister Ito met with several government officials including Vice Minister ZHAO Yingmin (趙英民), Ministry of Ecology and Environment, and Deputy Administrator PENG Youdong (彭有冬), National Forestry and Grassland Administration, to engage in frank exchanges of views on enhanced environmental cooperation between Japan and PRC.


  • Inspection Visit at the Yangxian County Crested Ibis Natural Reserve, in Shaanxi Province

  • Meeting with Deputy Administrator Peng of National Forestry and Grassland Administration (NFGA)

  • With Vice Minister Zhao, Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE)

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State Minister Ito's Official Visit to OECD Headquarters (Paris, France) and Qatar (May 2-6, 2018)

State Minister Ito attended several high-level meetings and shared the determination to further enhance mutual cooperation in environmental and climate change issues. At the OECD Headquarters, they had discussed various matters of importance, such as the upcoming G20 Environment Ministerial Meeting in Japan and some of the OECD policy proposals.


  • With OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría

  • Meeting with Senior Officials of the Environment Directorate of the OECD

  • Meeting with Minister Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al-Rumaihi, Minister of Municipality and Environment, Qatar

  • At the Doha West Waste Water Treatment Plant (STW)

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Parliamentary Vice-Minister Takebe's Official Visit to Vietnam (May 2-5, 2018)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Takebe visited the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) and the Vietnam-Japan University to held meetings with high level officials. He also inspected the Vietnam's first waste incineration power generation plant, built and in operation by NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization) and the Japanese company.


  • Meeting with Minister Trần Hồng Hà of MoNRE

  • Encouraging Students of Environmental Studies at the Vietnam-Japan University

  • Inspection Visit at the Waste Incineration Power Generation Plant in Hanoi

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Minamata Disease Victims Memorial Service in Minamata, Kumamoto (May 1, 2018)

Minister Nakagawa attended and gave prayers at the memorial ceremony for Minamata disease victims. Minamata disease is a neurological disorder caused by the release of methylmercury in the industrial wastewater from the Chisso Corporation's chemical factory, which continued from 1932 to 1968.


  • Minister Nakagawa Offering Prayers for the Victims

  • With Bereaved Families and Storytellers of the Minamata Disease Municipal Museum

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