In Focus

Photo Report (June, 2018)

8th Meeting of the Expert Committee of the "Project to Fully Enjoy National Parks" (June 29, 2018)

Minister Nakagawa and State Minister Tokashiki attended an expert meeting established to promote the "Project to Fully Enjoy National Parks". During the meeting, 6 experts gave valuable advice and proposals on interim appraisal of the project.


  • Remarks by Minister Nakagawa

  • Remarks by State Minister Tokashiki

  • At the Meeting

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The First 2°C Targets Supporting Corporates Forum (June 27, 2018)

Minister Nakagawa attended the First 2°C Targets Supporting Corporates Forum, and announced the policies and action plans for supporting companies acting/ready to act for low-carbon society. The forum intended to encourage companies willing to join this movement, commit to science-based targets aligned with Paris Agreement.


  • Keynote Speech by Minister Nakagawa

  • Address by Mr. Martin Skanche, Chair of the Board at the London-based Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

  • Companies Giving Presentations on their Low Carbon Initiatives

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20th Japan Water Prize & Stockholm Junior Water Prize 2018 (June 26, 2018)

The Japan Water Prize is to recognize and support a wide range of activities contributing to a healthy water environment. The group to build fishways on the Komaoi river, in Bihoro (Hokkaido), that works for the rebirth of the Komaoi river by handmade fishways to bring back lost biodiversity, was selected for the Environment Minister's Award.


  • Congratulatory Address by State Minister Tokashiki

  • Presenting the Environment Minister’s Award

  • Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko of Japan, Honorary President of Japan Water Prize Committee

  • With Award Recipients

  • Commemorative Photo

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The First Annual Meeting of the African Clean Cities Platform (ACCP) in Rabat, Morocco (June 25, 2018)

Approximately 220 participants from central and local governments from 32 African countries, various public agencies, private enterprises and Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) shared information and knowledge regarding solid waste management, at the first annual meeting of the ACCP organized in Rabat, the capital of Morocco.


  • State Minister Ito Soeaking about Progress of ACCP Activities and Plans toward TICAD 7

  • With Other Participants

  • Meeting with Morocco's Interior Minister Abdelouafi Laftit

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Official Visit by Professor Hidetoshi Nishimura, President of the Economic Research Institute of ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) (June 25, 2018)

Minister Nakagawa welcomed Professor Nishimura, President of the ERIA, to discuss opportunities for further environmental collaboration, and officially invited him the upcoming 2nd World Circular Economy Forum in Yokohama, in October this year.


  • Professor Nishimura and Minister Nakagawa

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20th Tripartite Environment Ministers Meeting (TEMM 20) in Suzhou of Jiangsu Province (East China), PRC (June 23-24, 2018)

Minister Nakagawa attended TEMM20 (among China, Japan and Republic of Korea) to exchange views on enhancing cooperation in the environment field. Minister Nakagawa also called to take measures to prevent the international spread of fire ants.


  • Together with Chinese Minister of Ecology and Environment LI Ganji (李干杰) and ROK Minister of Environment KIM Eunkyung (金恩京)

  • Signing Ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between China and Japan on the Research and Demonstration Programs on Improving the Air Environment

  • Meeting with Minister Kim, Minister of Environment, Republic of Korea

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Second Ministerial on Climate Action (MoCA), in Brussels, Belgium (June 20-21, 2018)

The second meeting of the MoCA, convened by the EU, Canada and China, focused on expected outcomes from the COP24 to the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP). The Chairs' Summary from the second MoCA highlighted that ministers "confirmed that the Paris Agreement is irreversible and is not to be renegotiated, and stressed the importance of multilateralism."


  • State Minister Tokashiki presenting Japan's Renewable Energy and 3R (Reduce, Reuse and Recycling) Initiatives

  • Meeting with Minister Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Canada

  • With All Other Ministers

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Official Visit by Dr. Mohamed Asim, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives (June 14, 2018)

Minister Nakagawa and Minister Asim held bilateral talks to discuss avenues of further cooperation to enhance and advance the Maldives-Japan relationship in the field of environmental protection, and further cooperation within the context of Japan's Joint Credit Mechanism (JCM) on reduction of low carbon emission and renewable energy.


  • During the Meeting

  • With Maldives' Foreign Minister Asim

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Official Visit by Honorable David Parker, Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, and Trade and Export Growth, and Associate Minister of Finance, New Zealand (June 11, 2018)

Minister Nakagawa and State Minister Tokashiki welcomed Minister Parker and New Zealand's ambassador to Japan, to exchange opinions on climate change and renewable energy.


  • During the Meeting

  • With Honorable David Parker (second from the left) and Ambassador Stephen Payton (right)

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Second Japan-China High-Level Dialogue on Environment in Beijing, PRC (June 10, 2018)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Sasagawa participated in the Second Japan-China High-Level Dialogue on Environment and the Second Japan-China-Korea Tripartite Exhibition on Environmental Technology.


  • Remarks by Parliamentary Vice-Minister Sasagawa

  • At the Tripartite Exhibition

  • With Vice-Minister Huang Runqiu (黄潤秋), Vice-Minister of Ecology and Environment

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Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2018 (SSFF & ASIA 2018) in Tokyo, Japan (June 4, 2018)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Sasagawa attended the opening ceremony of the SSFF & ASIA 2018, and presented the Environment Minister's Award for the "Save the Earth! Competition" launched by the Ministry of the Environment, Japan, in 2008. It gathers a wide variety of films that approach environmental issues and offer enlightening ideas about protecting the environment.


  • Congratulating the Best Film Winner in the Save the Earth! Competition

  • Introducing the Presentation for J-WAVE Award in the Save the Earth! Competition

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