In Focus

Photo Report (September, 2018)

Inspections and Enforcement of Waste Management Operations After the 2018 Hokkaido Eastern Iburi Earthquake (September 25, 2018)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Takebe visited disaster-hit areas by the Hokkaido Eastern Iburi Earthquake occurred on September 6, that triggered soil liquefaction widely. He also met several officials of the local government and discussed effective implementation of disaster waste management (DWM) and a wide range of issues related to current recovery efforts.


  • Parliamentary Vice-Minister Takebe and Vice Governor Keiji ABE, of Hokkaido

  • Meeting with Tomakomai Mayor Hirofumi IWAKURA

  • At the Provisional Disposal Site in Atsuma-cho, Yufutsu County, Hokkaido

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Climate Week NYC in New York City, U.S.A. (September 24-25, 2018)

State Minister Tokashiki participated in several summits and high-level meetings, such as the Sustainable Development Impact Summit convened by the World Economic Forum. It brought together 700 business, government, civil society and academic leaders from more than 70 countries on the sidelines of the opening of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.


  • At the High-Level Discussion on Financing Climate Futures

  • With Ms. Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change)

  • At the Sustainable Development Impact Summit

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Multi-Chamber Septic Tank Inspections and Visit to Tofutsu-ko Waterfowl and Wetland Center, Abashiri, Hokkaido (September 21, 2018)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Takebe inspected the local septic system of multiple compartment tanks, which provide greater protection against solids from the wastewater. He also visited the Tofutsu-ko Waterfowl and Wetland Centre, where he was informed about the biodiversity of the area and the importance of sustaining it.


  • Receiving Explanation of Multi-Chamber Septic Tank

  • At the Tofutsu-ko Waterfowl and Wetland Center

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G7 Environment, Oceans and Energy Ministers Meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (September 18-20, 2018)

Under Canada's G7 Presidency, the G7 Ministers of Environment and Energy convened in Halifax from September 18-21, 2018, under the theme of Climate Change, Oceans and Clean Energy. Minister Nakagawa also held individual talks with his counterparts in other participating countries and confirmed their intent to bolster collaboration ahead of the G20 to be held in Japan next June.


  • G7 Leaders with Invited Outreach Countries (Jamaica, Kenya, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Norway, Seychelles, and Vietnam)

  • Minister Nakagawa at the Environment Session (between Mme Brune Poirson, French Secretary of State to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, and Italian Environment Minister Sergio Costa)

  • Japan-U.S. Bilateral Meeting

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International Water Association (IWA) World Water Congress & Exhibition 2018, in Tokyo (September 16, 2018)

The 11th edition of the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition drew 9815 participants from 98 countries, and provided a strategic platform for the key stakeholders within and outside the water sector to discuss and co-create solutions to our global water challenges. As an integrated and key element of the event, the exhibition also brought together 252 global exhibitors.


  • Opening Remarks by Minister Nakagawa

  • At the Inaugural Session

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Official Visit by H. E. Mr. Morteza Rahmani Movahed, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran (September 12, 2018)

Minister Nakagawa welcomed the newly appointed Iranian Ambassador Morteza Rahmani Movahed. They discussed further efforts to promote bilateral environmental cooperation.


  • Minister Nakagawa and Ambassador Rahmani Movahed

  • During the Meeting

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Inspection Visit to the Aso-Kuju National Park in Kyushu (September 9-10, 2018)

As part of the effort to promote the "Project to Fully Enjoy National Parks", State Minister Tokashiki visited the Aso-Kuju National Park. Located in central Kyushu, it spans Kumamoto and Oita Prefecture, with Mount Aso and Mount Kuju at the center, and covers an area of over 70,000 hectares.


  • Meeting with Local Developers

  • At the Minami Aso Visitor Center

  • Viewing of the Aso Ohashi Bridge Collapsed after Landslide

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Filipino Community in Japan Celebrates Philippine Festival 2018, in Tokyo (September 9, 2018)

State Minister Ito attended the Philippine Festival 2018 and thanked the Filipino community in Japan to collect and donate small electronic devices such as used mobile phones for the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project. The next Olympic and Paralympic Games to have all medals made of e-waste.


  • At the Donation Certificate Ceremony

  • State Minister Ito & Philippine Ambassador Jose C. Laurel V

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Official Visit by Mr. Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the UN Environment (September 4, 2018)

Minister Nakagawa welcomed Mr. Solheim and engaged in frank exchanges of views on enhanced future cooperation between MOE and UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme).


  • Mr. Solheim and Minister Nakagawa

  • During the Meeting

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Japan-Vietnam Workshop on Ocean Policy in Hanoi, Vietnam (September 3ー6, 2018)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Takebe participated in and delivered a keynote speech at the Japan-Vietnam Workshop on Ocean Policy. The workshop was co-organized by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (Vietnam) and the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam, in aiming to share Japan's experience in shaping its ocean policy and enhance cooperation in the field.


  • Introducing Japan's Initiative on Tackling Marine Plastic Litter

  • With Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Trần Hồng Hà

  • Meeting with Dr. Nguyễn Đức Chung, Chairman of Hanoi People's Committee

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Biodiversity and Nature Conservation in Okinawa (September 2-4, 2018)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Sasagawa visited the northern part of Okinawa Island and the Yaeyama Archipelago, nominated by the Japanese government as a candidate for the UNESCO World Natural Heritage. He also shared MOE's commitment to biodiversity and nature conservation.


  • Efforts to Protect the Iriomote Wildcat

  • Kaiji Beach on Taketomi Island of the Yaeyama Archipelago

  • At the Yambaru Wildlife Conservation Center in Kunigami

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