In Focus

Photo Report (May, 2019)

"UMIGOMI Zero WEEK" Kick-Off Event in Enoshima, Fujisawa (Kanagawa Prefecture) (May 30, 2019)

Minister Harada participated in "UMIGOMI Zero WEEK," one of main activities from the MOE-The Nippon Foundation joint project to effectively address the issue of marine plastics.


  • Opening Remarks by Minister Harada

  • Beach Cleanup with volunteers and local residents

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World Innovation Symposium on Human Behaviour (May 24, 2019)

MOE, UNU-IAS, and the BEST (Behavioral Sciences Team) co-organized the World Innovation Symposium on Human Behaviour. The symposium touched on the latest applications of the nudge concept and how it can promote societal change, such as achievement of the SDGs, de-carbonization, lifestyle changes, and improved well-being.


  • Speech by Parliamentary Vice-Minister Katsumata

  • During the Session

  • Dr. David Halpern (Behavioural Insights Team, UK) and Parliamentary Vice-Minister Katsumata

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Meeting with Dr. Anies Baswedan, Governor of Jakarta, Republic of Indonesia (May 21, 2019)

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan accompanied by his wife and Jakarta officials paid a visit to MOE, and discussed cooperation in waste management.


  • During the Meeting

  • Governor Baswedan and Minister Harada

  • Together with Jakarta's Government Officials

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Inspection Visit to the Nikko National Park in Tochigi Prefecture (May 20, 2019)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Katsumata visited the Nikko National Park for a post-implementation review of "Project to Fully Enjoy National Parks."


  • At Oku-Nikko Information Center

  • "Nikko Concierge" at Tobu Nikko Station

  • Nikko Yumoto Visitor Center at Yumoto Onsen, the travelers' hub of the Oku Nikko area

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Inspection Visit to the International Research Center for Hydrogen Energy, Kyushu University, and SIGMA POWER Ariake Corporation in Omuta city, Fukuoka (May 19, 2019)

Minister Harada visited the International Research Center for Hydrogen Energy at Kyushu University and Toshiba ESS's subsidiary, SIGMA POWER, to see its large-scale carbon capture demonstration facility, that is a major part of the "Demonstration of Sustainable CCS Technology Project" under the sponsorship of MOE to promote clean energy generation.


  • At the International Research Center for Hydrogen Energy, Kyushu University

  • Receiving an explanation about the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Power Plant

  • Inspection of a Large-Scale Carbon Capture Demonstration Facility

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Kyushu Symposium on Regional CES (Regional Circular and Ecological Sphere) (May 18, 2019)

Minister Harada attended the Kyushu Symposium on Regional CES, and stressed the importance of forging partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders, including the central and local governments, private sectors, academia, and civil society actors, for Regional CES to be effectively put into practice.


  • Opening Remarks by Minister Harada

  • Panel Discussion

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International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) Symposium 2019 (May 11, 2019)

UNU-IAS (UNU Institute for Advanced Study of Sustainability) and MOE held a symposium in advance of the International Day for Biological Diversity (May 22), under the 2019 theme of "Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health" and discussed issues surrounding sustainable food supply, production, and consumption.


  • Opening Address by State Minister Kiuchi

  • During the Symposium

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Inspection Visit to the Myoko-Togakushi Renzan National Park in Niigata Prefecture (May 11, 2019)

State Minister Akimoto visited the Myoko-Togakushi Renzan National Park and participated in the 44th Sogen Festival Okayaba Firing, one of traditional Japanese festivals to celebrate the arrival of spring.


  • At Lake Otomi (Sasagamine Dam)

  • At Naena Falls (Naenano-taki), one of Japan's 100 greatest waterfalls

  • Congratulatory Speech by State Minister Akimoto

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The 49th General Assembly of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-49) in Kyoto (May 11, 2019)

Kyoto City held the symposium to mark IPCC-49 and announced "Kyoto Appeal - for keeping the global average temperature rise below 1.5 ℃" together with MOE.


  • Opening Address by Minister Harada

  • Minister Harada and Mayor Daisaku Kadokawa of Kyoto City

  • Introducing “Kyoto Appeal"

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G7 Environment Ministerial Meeting in Metz, France (May 5-6, 2019)

G7 Environment Ministers agreed on a Communiqué and the Metz Charter on Biodiversity at the G7 Environment Ministerial Meeting. The meeting focused on the theme, 'Fighting Inequalities by Protecting Biodiversity and Climate.'


  • Joint Press Conference at the end of the G7 Environment Ministerial Meeting

  • Minister Harada and EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

  • Meeting with EU Commissioner Karmenu Vella (European Commission for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries)

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Test Ride on a Hydrogen-Powered Passenger Train in Germany (May 4, 2019)

Minister Harada took a test ride on the Alstom Coradia iLint, the world's first passenger train powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, an environmentally friendly alternative. It produces very little noise and has no smell of exhaust or diesel, emitting only steam and condensed water.


  • Alstom's Coradia iLint – the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Train

  • Group Photo with Inspection Participants

  • Receiving an explanation about the Hydrogen-Powered Train

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Official Visit to the Leading Companies in the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Sector in France (May 3, 2019)

Minister Harada and several Japanese fuel cell manufacturers visited two world-leading companies in the hydrogen and fuel cell sector in France, Alstom and Air Liquide, and had an active exchange of opinions.


  • Meeting with Alstom Senior Management Team

  • Meeting with Mr. Benoît Potier, Chairman/CEO at Air Liquide SA

  • Air Liquide's Hydrogen Charging Station in Paris

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