In Focus

Photo Report (February, 2020)

Decarbonization Challenge Cup 2020 (February 19, 2020)

Ahead of the Paris Agreement implementation in 2020, "Low Carbon Cup" has been renamed to "Decarbonization Challenge Cup" in order to spur greater action against climate change. Out of all 28 finalists, Women's group aiming for sustainable rural lifestyle won the Grand Prix. A non-profit organization, HERS (Heroines for Environment and Rural Support) has renewable energy at the top of its agenda.


  • Congratulatory Speech by State Minister Sato

  • State Minister Sato and Ms. Eri Otsu, President of HERS

  • Group Photo with Participants

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13th Japan-Mongolia Environment Policy Dialogue in Tokyo (February 18, 2020)

State Minister Sato met H.E. Batbayar Tserendorj (Vice Minister of Environment and Tourism) and Dr. Batjargal Zamba (Special Envoy on Climate Change) for the 13th environmental policy dialogue. They discussed environmental challenges and pledged to enhance cooperation in key areas, including climate change adaptation, air pollution, fluorocarbon initiative, conservation and sustainable use of plants, JCM, and GOSAT.


  • Opening Address by State Minister Sato

  • At the Bilateral Talks

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Meet with Ms. Fiona Reynolds, CEO of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) (February 13, 2020)

Minister Koizumi sat down with Ms. Reynolds, to discuss a range of contemporary responsible investment topics. The PRI is an investor initiative in partnership with UNEP Finance Initiative and UN Global Compact, and defines responsible investment as a strategy and practice to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in investment decisions and active ownership.


  • Exchanging Views on Global trends in ESG Investment

  • Minister Koizumi Explaining the Growing ESG Investments in Japan

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Official Visit by H.E. Mr. Jüri Ratas, Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia (February 10, 2020)

As part of the Estonian Prime Minster's visit to Japan, Minister Koizumi met PM Ratas along with Education Minister Mailis Reps, MP Kaido Höövelson, Chairman of the Estonia-Japan Parliamentary Friendship Group (a.k.a. Sumo wrestler Baruto Kaito), and Ambassador Väino Reinart. They discussed environmental issues such as climate change mitigation efforts and future cooperation between MOE and Estonian Government.


  • Also Discussing Renewable Energy, Decarbonization, and Marine Plastic Pollution

  • Minister Koizumi and Prime Minister Ratas

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Minister Koizumi's Official Visit to Iitate Village, Futaba Town, and Okuma Town in Fukushima Prefecture (February 9, 2020)

Minister Koizumi visited Nagadoro, Iitate Village to inspect the contaminated soil recycling demonstration project, as well as the towns of Okuma and Futaba where interim facilities to store radioactive soil and waste locate. He met with local mayors, residents, and evacuees to discuss the present situation and listen to their stories. Evacuation advisory to be lifted near Futaba station on March 4, 2020.


  • At the Experimented Flower Cultivation Site with Iitate Mayor Norio Kanno (left) and Chief of the Nagadoro district, Yoshitomo Shigihara (right)

  • With Futaba Mayor Shiro Izawa Ahead of the Lift of Evacuation Order

  • Joint Press Conference on Okuma Town's Announcement of Adopt a 2050 Net Zero Target (with Okuma Mayor Jun Yoshida)

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First Meeting between Japan's Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi and British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab (February 8, 2020)

As part of a four-country tour of Asia Pacific (Australia, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia), Foreign Secretary Raab arrived from Australia and met Minister Koizumi at the British Embassy in Tokyo. They discussed how they can work together to deliver an ambitious and effective conference that ensures the increased global effort to tackle climate change ahead of the Glasgow Climate Summit (COP26) in November.


  • Shaking Hands on Continued Cooperation

  • Exchanging Opinions in a Friendly Atmosphere

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Japan-Myanmar Environmental Policy Dialogue in Nay Pyi Taw, Republic of the Union of Myanmar (February 7, 2020)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kato participated in the third environmental policy dialogue, co-held by Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC - Myanmar). They engaged in discussion of collaborative national approaches to environmental matters such as water pollution control, waste management, marine litter, air pollution prevention, JCM, and environment impact assessment.


  • Deputy Minister Dr. Ye Myint Swe (MONREC) and Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kato (MOEJ)

  • Bilateral Talks with Myanmar

  • Inspection of One of JCM (Joint Crediting Mechanism) Projects

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All Japan School Biotope Contest Awards Ceremony for 2019 (February 2, 2020)

The biennial competition was held in the presence of HIH Crown Prince Akishino. Since 1990, over 700 projects have been entered in the competition. The concept of this ecological system, "biotope" was first advocated by Professor Ernst Haeckel, an eminent German biologist, naturalist, philosopher, physician, and artist. It is a word derived from the Greek words "bio" (life) and "topos" (place).


  • Congratulatory Speech by State Minister Ishihara

  • Presenting the Environment Minister's Award

  • German Ambassador Ina Lepel Presenting the Embassy Award (Tondabayashi Shindo Kindergarten)

  • With the Environment Minister's Award Winner School (Saitama Prefectural Yasumatsu Elementary School)

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World Wetlands Day (WWD) Symposium 2020 in Tokyo (February 1, 2020)

Ahead of WWD, UNU-IAS and Wetlands International Japan held a symposium on the theme "Wetlands and Biodiversity". Celebrated annually on February 2, WWD marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea, on the same day in 1971. It aims to raise global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and planet.


  • Opening Address by Parliamentary Vice-Minister Yagi

  • During the Presentation

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