In Focus

Photo Report (September, 2019)

74th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74), New York City, USA (September 22-25, 2019)

Minister Koizumi made a diplomatic debut in New York to attend several high-level meetings of the UNGA 74, and held talks with other Environment ministers and senior officials of various International Organizations.


  • Addressing at the Event by the Coalition for Urban Transitions at the UN Headquarters

  • With Former UN Secretary Christiana Figueres

  • Together with Participants of the UN Youth Climate Summit

  • With Chile's Environment Minister Carolina Schmidt (Also the President-Designate for the upcoming COP25 in Madrid, Spain)

  • At the CCAC (Climate & Clean Air Coalition) Ministerial Roundtable Discussion

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Official Visit by Secretary-General of ASEAN Dato Lim Jock Hoi (September 19, 2019)

Minister Koizumi, accompanied by State Minister Sato, welcomed Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi and ASEAN Senior Official. They exchanged opinions, to enhance Japan-ASEAN Regional Cooperation on Environment.


  • Exchanging Views

  • Minister Koizumi Shakes Hands with Dato Lim

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Official Follow-up Visit to Towns nearest the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (September 17, 2019)

Minister Koizumi, State Minister Ishihara, and Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kato visited four towns (Futaba, Naraha, Okuma, and Tomioka) of Fukushima, most affected by the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant accident, following a major earthquake in 2011. Minister Koizumi thanked for their revitalization efforts over the past several years and promised unwavering support.


  • Meeting with Mayor Shiro Izawa and Town Officials of Futaba-machi

  • Meeting with Mayor Yukiei Matsumoto and Town Officials of Naraha-machi

  • Meeting with Mayor Toshitsuna Watanabe and Town Officials of Okuma-machi

  • With Tomioka Mayor Koichi Miyamoto

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Handover Ceremony at the Ministry of the Environment (Parliamentary Vice-Ministers) (September 17, 2019)

Two newly appointed MOE Parliamentary Vice-Ministers arrived for the first day at work to conduct a handover from their predecessors and address to the Ministry's staff.


  • From Parliamentary Vice-Minister Katsumata to Parliamentary Vice-Minister Yagi

  • From Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kanke to Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kato

  • Parliamentary Vice-Minister Yagi Addressing the Ministry's staff

  • Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kato Addressing the Ministry's staff

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Handover Ceremony at the Ministry of the Environment (State Ministers) (September 17, 2019)

Two newly appointed MOE State Ministers arrived for the first day at work to conduct a handover from their predecessors and address to the Ministry's staff.


  • From State Minister Kiuchi to State Minister Sato

  • From State Minister Akimoto to State Minister Ishihara

  • State Minister Sato Addressing the Ministry's staff

  • State Minister Ishihara Addressing the Ministry's staff

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Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MOEJ) Welcomes New Faces (September 13, 2019)

Minister KOIZUMI Shinjiro (center), State Minister SATO Yukari (left), State Minister ISHIHARA Hirotaka (second from the right), Parliamentary Vice-Minister YAGI Tetsuya (second from the left), and Parliamentary Vice-Minister KATO Ayuko (right)


  • First Meeting after the latest Cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday, September 11

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Minister Koizumi's Official Meeting with Governor of Fukushima Prefecture (September 12, 2019)

Together with State Minister for Reconstruction Kanke, Minister Koizumi revisited Fukushima, in order to further discuss about the vision for revitalization of Fukushima with Governor Uchimori. State Minister Kanke is from Fukushima and the former Parliamentary Vice-Minister of the Environment. Minister Koizumi also served as Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Reconstruction after the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake.


  • Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori and Minister Koizumi

  • Governor Uchibori, Minister Koizumi, and State Minister Ichiro Kanke (from left to right)

  • Minister Koizumi Vows to Tackle Tainted Soil in Fukushima

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Official Ministerial Handover Ceremony and Minister Koizumi's Inaugural Address (September 12-13, 2019)

Japan's newlyappointed Minister of the Environment, Mr. Shinjiro KOIZUMI delivered his inaugural speech to the Ministry's staff, after an official handover ceremony with outgoing Minister. In his speech, he expressed his commitment for tackling the environmental issues and for creating a healthy workplace environment.


  • From Minister Harada to Minister Koizumi

  • Inaugural Address at the Ministry 1

  • Inaugural Address at the Ministry 2

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Inspection Visit to the Towada-Hachimantai National Park (September 6-7, 2019)

Minister Harada visited the Towada-Hachimantai National Park for a post-implementation review of "Project to Fully Enjoy National Parks." The Park encompasses a wide area spanning Aomori, Akita and Iwate prefectures in northern Tohoku.


  • At the Towada Visitor Center

  • At the Mt. Hachimantai Mikaeri Pass

  • Inspection in the Tamagawa Onsen (Hot Spring) Area

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Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) in Solid Waste Management between Japan and Malaysia (September 5, 2019)

Minister Harada along with Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kanke welcomed YB Hajjah Zuraida Binti Kamaruddin, Minister of Housing and Local Government, Malaysia, to discuss Japan's waste-to-energy technology and specific cooperative activities, based on the Memorandum of Cooperation signed.


  • Signing Ceremony for the Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC)

  • Together with Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin and Her Delegation

  • Active Exchange of Opinions

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Expert Thematic Workshop on Landscape Approaches for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, in Kumamoto, Japan (September 3-4, 2019)

A workshop was held in conjunction with the 8th IPSI Global Conference (IPSI-8), with the intention of contributing to the development of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and producing recommendations for the inclusion of a landscape perspective in future biodiversity policy.


  • Opening Remarks by State Minister Kiuchi

  • In the Presentation Session

  • Engaging in Dialogues with Stakeholders and Experts

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Inspection of Floating Offshore Wind Turbine System and CO₂ Capture and Sequestration Facility in Kyushu (September 2, 2019)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Katsumata visited Goto City, Nagasaki, and observed its floating offshore wind turbine. He also inspected a carbon capture and utilisation system at a municipal waste incineration plant in Saga, capable of capturing approximately 10 tons of CO₂ per day from the flue gas of the incinerator.


  • Viewing the Floating Offshore Wind Turbine (FOWT) in Goto Islands, Nagasaki

  • Meeting with the Mayor of Goto City, Nagasaki

  • Receiving Explanations on CO₂ Capture and Reuse Technologies

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