In Focus

Photo Report (October, 2019)

Japan Climate Action Summit 2019 by Japan Climate Initiative (JCI) (October 31, 2019)

Minister Koizumi delivered a speech at Japan Climate Action Summit organized by JCI, a network of non-state actors including companies, local governments and NGOs, which aims to realize a decarbonized society. Minister Koizumi expressed his enthusiasm to participate in the upcoming COP25 and emphasized the importance of multi-stakeholder engagement and collaboration in climate action.

  • Guest of Honor Speech by Minister Koizumi

  • Explaining the Role of Sub-state and Non-state Actors in International Climate Processes

  • Addressing over 700 Participants and 28 Speakers/Panelists

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State Minister Ishihara's Official Visit to the Nagadoro District of Iitate Village in Fukushima Prefecture (October 30, 2019)

State Minister Ishihara inspected the contaminated soil recycling demonstration project at Nagadoro district, Iitate Village. The evacuation order issued after the Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Accident in 2011, has been lifted for most areas of the village in 2017, except the hamlet of Nagadoro. He also expressed great appreciation for the ongoing recovery effort and promised MOE support to the community.

  • At the Demonstration Project Site

  • Meet with Mayor Norio Kanno of Iitate Village

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12th Intergovernmental Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST12) Forum in Asia, in Hanoi, Viet Nam (October 28-30, 2019)

Themed "Achieving Smart and Resilient City through Low Carbon and Intelligent Transport System", EST12 is to provide policy, technological, and institutional insights into how Asian EST member countries and cities can advance low carbon and intelligent transport system development in achieving SDG11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) by bringing transformational changes in urban development.

  • Opening Address by Parliamentary Vice-Minister Yagi

  • Parliamentary Vice-Minister Yagi Giving a Presentation on the Future of Sustainable Transport

  • With Dr. Shantanu Mukherjee, Policy Chief of UN-DESA (UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs), and Dr. Bambang Susantono, VP for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development of ADB (Asian Development Bank)

  • With H.E. Dr. Saynakhone Inthavong, Vice Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Lao PDR

  • With Vice Chair Nguyễn Thế Hùng, Vice Chairman of Hanoi People's Committee

  • With Minister Ahmed Mujthaba, Minister of State for Environment, Maldives

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Minister Koizumi's Visit to Disaster-Hit Areas of Typhoon No. 19 (Hagibis) in Fukushima (October 26, 2019)

Minister Koizumi visited Koriyama in Fukushima, to see the typhoon impact and people's efforts to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of powerful typhoon Hagibis. He spoke to local residents and rescue personnel to understand the current situation and their needs. He also inspected the provisional disposal site with the city council, and shared determination to speed up recovery.

  • Destroyed and Flooded Houses in the Aftermath of Typhoon

  • At the Provisional Disposal Site

  • Meeting with the City Council

  • With Mayor Masato SHINAGAWA of Koriyama City

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MOE's NCV (Nanocellulose Vehicle) and AGV (All GaN Vehicle) Projects Drive Net-Zero Emissions Future at the Tokyo Motor Show 2019 (October 24, 2019)

Minister Koizumi presented the MOE's next-generation vehicles at the 46th Tokyo Motor Show. AGV is about 20 percent more efficient than current models thanks to the special gallium nitride (GaN) material used in its inverter. NCV is made from cellulose nanofibers (CNF), a material derived from wood pulp, one-fifth the weight of steel and five times stronger.

  • Press Conference at the Booth of the Ministry of the Environment, Japan

  • Together with the Nobel Laureate (in Physics) Hiroshi Amano, who supported the AGV Project

  • Showcasing the NCV Sportscar, with President Akio Toyoda of Toyota Motor Corp.

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Training and Education About Fire Ants by Minister Koizumi (October 24, 2019)

Minister Koizumi visited the Daiba Children's Afterschool nearby the Aomi Pier, where swarms of red fire ants have been found, in order to teach children about fire ants. He addressed the effects and hazards of fire ants and inspired them to take an interest in current environmental issues.

  • Interactive Presentation by Minister Koizumi

  • Explaining the Difference between Fire Ants and Native Ants

  • Posters Prepared by the Children's Afterschool

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Official Visit by H.E. Dr. Hilda C. Heine, President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (October 23, 2019)

Minister Koizumi welcomed President Hilda Heine of the Marshall Islands and the RMI delegation. Aforementioned Ministers exchanged views on the upcoming COP25, Climate Change affects, and the Carbon Neutrality Coalition (CNC).

  • During the Meeting

  • Chatting with President Heine without an interpreter

  • Exchanging Gifts with One Another

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Minamata Disease Victims Memorial Service in Kumamoto (October 19, 2019)

Minister Koizumi attended and gave prayers at the memorial ceremony for Minamata disease victims. He also organized a lunch session and a round table meeting with victims, bereaved families, and those of local industry.

  • Offering Prayers for the Victims

  • With Bereaved Families and Storytellers of the Minamata Disease Municipal Museum

  • Roundtable with Commerce and Industry Stakeholders of Minamata City

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First Conference on Research and Development 20 for Clean Energy Technologies (RD20) in Tokyo (October 11, 2019)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Yagi delivered a closing address at the RD20. He stressed the importance of widening the innovation circle to accelerate the virtuous cycle of environmental protection and economic growth by innovation.

  • Parliamentary Vice-Minister Yagi 's Remarks at the Closing of the RD20

  • During the Conference

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6th Annual Meeting of the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) in Tokyo (October 10, 2019)

Since 2014, the Government of Japan has hosted the ICEF. It aims to nurture discussion and collaboration among participants and to disseminate innovations in energy and environmental technology to participants and beyond. It develops roadmaps on how key innovative technologies can contribute to a transition to clean energy.

  • Closing Address by Parliamentary Vice-Minister Yagi

  • At the Closing Ceremony

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G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue 2019 & Follow-up of the G20 Implementation Framework for Actions on Marine Plastic Litter, in Tokyo (October 9, 2019)

The event was to promote cooperation and dialogue between G20 members following on the G20 Osaka Summit. "G20 Report on Actions against Marine Plastic Litter" was developed as the first initiative for sharing information on the policies, outcomes, challenges, and best practices. A further outcome of the dialogue was the adoption of "Roadmap for the G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue".

  • Statement by Minister Koizumi

  • Opening Remarks by State Minister Ishihara

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Asia Smart City Week (ASCW) in Yokohama (October 9, 2019)

ASCW organized the ASEAN-Japan Smart Cities Network High-level Meeting, the 8th Asia Smart City Conference, and the Launch Meeting of the Global Smart Cities Alliance on Technology Governance, to provide an open forum for cities in Asia, representatives of national governments, international organizations, and private sector and other relevant stakeholders, and to further promote initiatives.

  • Parliamentary Vice-Minister Yagi at the ASEAN-Japan Smart Cities Network High-level Meeting

  • Group Photo at the Symposium

  • Exhibition Walkthrough

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Conference on Developments in Green, Social and Sustainability Bond Markets in Tokyo (October 9, 2019)

Minister Koizumi delivered a keynote speech at "Developments in Green, Social and Sustainability Bond Markets - Japan and Asia" and talked about the growth of Japanese Green Bonds and challenges ahead. He also presented the ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) Finance Award.

  • Remarks by Minister Koizumi

  • Introducing the ESG Finance Award

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16th ASEAN+3 Environment Ministers Meeting and the ASEAN-Japan Ministerial Dialogue on Environmental Cooperation, in Siem Reap, Cambodia (October 8-10, 2019)

State Minister Sato attended the 16th ASEAN+3 (China, Japan and South Korea) Environment Ministers Meeting and co-chaired the ASEAN-Japan Ministerial Dialogue on Environmental Cooperation. She also discussed with her counterparts and high-level government officials from the ASEAN countries, to share the determination to further strengthen the mutually beneficial cooperation.

  • At the ASEAN-Japan Ministerial Dialogue on Environmental Cooperation

  • The E (Electric) Tuk-Tuk Test Ride

  • With YB Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis, Deputy Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change, Malaysia

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Inspection Visit at the Interim Waste Storage Facilities in Fukushima (October 2, 2019)

Minister Koizumi, State Minister Ishihara, and Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kato visited Fukushima to examine the current status of radioactive waste management. They also visited the information center for the landfill disposal project of specified waste, "Reprun Fukushima" opened in August 2018.

  • At the Temporary Waste Storage Site in Matsudate, Naraha Town, Fukushima

  • At the Ripurun Fukushima ("Riprun" is a newly-coined word originated from an English word, "reproduce")

  • Interim Facilities to Store Contaminated Soil and Other Radioactive Waste from the Cleanup

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