In Focus

Photo Report (October, 2018)

Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress in Attendance at the 38th Bountiful Sea Conference in Kochi Prefecture (October 27-28, 2018)

Minister Harada attended the last "Bountiful Sea Conference" of the Heisei era, held under the theme of "forests, rivers and seas, water's journey to a bright future". He also joined the ceremony to release juvenile grunt fish (Isaki Fish) at the seaside alongside HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko of Japan.


  • Juvenile Fish Releasing Ceremony with Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress

  • At the Main Ceremony

  • Messages from Local Students and Young People in the Fishery Industry

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Official Visit by Ambassador Sujan R. Chinoy, India's Ambassador to Japan (October 26, 2018)

Ahead of signing of the "Memorandum of Cooperation in the field of Environment", Minister Harada held discussions with Ambassador Chinoy on environmental cooperation of India. Subsequently the memorandum was signed on October 29 upon India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Japan.


  • Statement by Minister Harada

  • Statement by Ambassador Chinoy

  • Ambassador Chinoy and Minister Harada

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2nd World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF2018) in Yokohama (October 22-23, 2018)

Minister Harada and State Minister Akimoto attended the WCEF2018, co-hosted by MOE and SITRA, the Finnish Innovation Fund. During the forum, "Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) in the field of Environment" was signed by Minister Harada and Finland's Minister of the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen.


  • MOC Signing Ceremony

  • Opening Remarks by Minister Harada

  • Exhibition Walkthrough

  • Closing Speech by State Minister Akimoto

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State Minister Kiuchi's Official Visit to Germany (October 16-20, 2018)

With his vast diplomatic experience including ones at the Embassy of Japan in Germany and as the German Language Interpretation Official, State Minister Kiuchi held several high-level discussions to explain Japan's stance on various environmental issues and share the expectations on the package that needs to be delivered at the upcoming COP24 Poland in December and G20 Japan in June.


  • Meeting with Mrs. Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

  • Meeting with Dr. Martin Frick, Senior Director Policy and Programme Coordination at UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change)

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17th World Lake Conference (WLC), Lake Kasumigaura, Ibaraki Prefecture (October 15, 2018)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Katsumata attended the WLC at the Tsukuba International Congress Center. Since 1984, WLC has contributed to promoting scientific approaches in the world lake basin management. The past conferences were held in various parts of the world including USA, Hungary, China, Italy, Argentina, Denmark, Kenya, India, Indonesia, and Japan.


  • Congratulatory Speech by Parliamentary Vice-Minister Katsumata

  • Key Speakers at the Opening Ceremony

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10-Year Anniversary of the Revival of the Japanese Crested Ibis "Toki" on Sado Island in Niigata Prefecture (October 14, 2018)

Minister Harada attended the the 10th Anniversary of the Reintroduction of Toki, with HIH Princess Mako of Akishino and Consul General SUN Dagang (孙大刚: Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Niigata) in attendance. Awards were granted to 7 organizations in recognition of important contributions to preserve the prosperous and biodiverse Sado Island for future generations.


  • Speech Delivered by Minister Harada

  • Presenting Awards

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Japan Climate Action Summit (JCAS) 2018 in Tokyo (October 12, 2018)

Minister Harada attended and delivered a speech at the JCAS, a network hub where various non-state actors, which include organizations and individuals that are not affiliated with, directed by, or funded through the government, actively engaged in climate action.


  • Congratulatory Remarks by Minister Harada

  • During the Session

  • Group Photo of the Participants

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Official Visit by H.E. Mr. Xie Zhenhua (解振华), Special Representative on Climate Change Affairs, China (October 11, 2018)

Minister Harada welcomed Mr. Xie and the Chinese delegation and exchanged opinions on COP24 and Climate Change. Last month, Mr. Xie co-chaired the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) along with Governor of California Jerry Brown, UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Climate Action Michael Bloomberg, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, and Mahindra Group Chair Anand Mahindra.


  • During the Bilateral Talks

  • Statement by Minister Harada

  • Statement by Mr. Xie

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5th Annual Meeting of the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) in Tokyo (October 11, 2018)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Katsumata participated in the 5th meeting of ICEF, with 1000 people from about 70 countries or regions. During the plenary sessions, the ultimate goal of achieving net-zero CO2 emissions was reaffirmed and in-depth discussions took place on business-led technological innovation toward decarbonization and social innovation involving industry and consumers.


  • Closing Address by Parliamentary Vice-Minister Katsumata

  • At the Closing Ceremony

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TICAD (Tokyo International Conference on African Development) Ministerial Meeting Side Event on ACCP (African Clean Cites Platform) in Tokyo (October 5, 2018)

Taking the opportunity of the TICAD Ministerial Meeting, MOE and JICA organized the ACCP Side Event. This TICAD meeting is to discuss African development for following up TICAD 6 in 2016 and preparing for TICAD 7 in 2019, inviting ministers and senior officials from African countries. State Minister Kiuchi called for further effort to improve waste management in African countries toward TICAD7.


  • Opening Address by State Minister Kiuchi

  • Group Photo of Participants

  • Meeting with Minister José Pacheco, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Mozambique

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Official Ministerial Handover Ceremony (October 3, 2018)

Japan's newlyappointed Minister of the Environment Yoshiaki HARADA delivered his inaugural speech to the Ministry's staff, after an official handover ceremony with outgoing Minister.


  • Inaugural Speech by Minister Harada

  • Farewell Speech by Minister Nakagawa

  • From Minister Nakagawa to Minister Harada

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Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention (MGISC) in New Delhi, India (October 1-2, 2018)

This 4-day event brought together Ministers and sanitation sector leaders from around the world, to provide an opportunity to share best practices. It culminated with the launch of Gandhi's 150th birthday celebrations, and marked the beginning of the final year of the Swachh Bharat Mission or Clean India Mission, which seeks to contribute to the global achievement of SDG 6.


  • State Minister Ito Presenting Japan’s "Jokaso" Septic Tank Technology and Wastewater Treatment System

  • Meeting with Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation Sushree Uma Bharti of India

  • Group Photo with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India

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