In Focus

Photo Report (November, 2018)

International Conference on PPP Model for Waste to Worth Projects in New Delhi, India (November 30, 2018)

State Minister Akimoto attended the International Conference on PPP Model on Waste to Worth Projects in India, and expressed Japan's determination to cooperate for India's environment improvement through development and dissemination of septic and waste-to-energy systems that Japan is well known for.


  • State Minister Akimoto’s Speech at the Opening Session

  • Meeting with Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, India

  • Inspection at the Local Waste Landfill Site

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Forum on Decarbonizing the Economy ~TCFD・SBT・RE100~ (November 28, 2018)

Minister Harada gave the opening address at the Forum on Decarbonizing the Economy, where companies engaged in low-carbon management, such as SBT (Science Based Targets), RE100 (Renewable Energy 100) and TCFD (Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures), and ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) investors came together.


  • At the Opening Session of the Forum

  • Dialogue between Company Representatives and Investors

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Pre-COP24 (UN Climate Change Conference) Meeting between MOE Japan and Leading Environmental Organizations (November 26, 2018)

MOE organized the meeting with local leading environmental organizations ahead of the COP24 in Katowice, Poland in December. They discussed the roles of non-state actors in climate change governance, the collaboration between state and non-state actors, and the need for non-state actors to follow good practices such as clear target setting and better reporting and monitoring.


  • Opening Remarks by Minister Harada

  • Closing Address by State Minister Kiuchi

  • With Representatives of the Leading Environmental Organizations

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Chrysanthemum Exhibition at the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Tokyo (November 15, 2018)

The chrysanthemum exhibition at the Japanese garden is held every November. This event originated in 1878 in Akasaka Temporary Palace and was moved to Shinjuku Gyoen in 1929. It features around 1000 exhibitions showcasing different kinds of chrysanthemums.


  • Minister Harada and Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kanke with Park Officials

  • Viewing Edo-Giku Bed; a classical medium-flowered chrysanthemum developed in Edo (Tokyo) during the 18-19th century

  • Minister Harada at the Greenhouse

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7th Asia Smart City Conference (ASCC) in Yokohama (November 15, 2018)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Katsumata attended the 7th Asia Smart City Conference organized by the City of Yokohama and addressed the Fifth Basic Environment Plan, the Circulating and Ecological Economy (CEE), and Japan's strategy to promote environmental infrastructure overseas.


  • Key Speech by Parliamentary Vice-Minister Katsumata

  • With Mayor Fumiko HAYASHI, of Yokohama

  • Group Photo of Participants

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High Level Segment of the 14th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP14) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt (November 14-15, 2018)

State Minister Kiuchi attended the HLS of the UN Biodiversity Conference, preceding the COP14 to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The HLS included a panel discussion on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework and 2050 vision, and adopted the Sharm El-Sheikh Declaration Investing in Biodiversity for People and Planet.


  • State Minister Kiuchi Giving Statement at the Ministerial High Level Segment (HLS)

  • Bilateral Talks with Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, Egypt

  • With Dr. Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the CBD

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Inspection Visit to the Ise-Shima National Park in Mie Prefecture (November 10, 2018)

State Minister Akimoto visited some upgraded facilities at the park and learned their unique initiative for different experiential activities, such as "Ama" diving experience, sea kayaking, boat fishing, and many more. "Ama" are free-diving fisherwomen who make their living diving to retrieve seafood such as abalone and sea snails, out of the shallows without using oxygen tanks.


  • At the Yokoyama Observatory Deck

  • Meeting with Eco-friendly Tour Operators

  • In front of the Ama Hut Hachiman

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Inspection Visit at the Tokyo PCB (Polychlorinated Biphenyl) Waste Treatment Facility (November 8, 2018)

State Minister Akimoto carried out a site inspection of the PET bottle recycling facility of the Tokyo PET Bottle Recycle Co., Ltd., in Koto Ward, and the Tokyo PCB Waste Treatment Facility of JESCO (Japan Environmental Safety Corporation).


  • Optical Sorting to Remove Foreign and Defective Objects

  • Process of Producing Recycled PET Flakes

  • Inspection of Work Equipment

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