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Photo Report (October, 2021)

The ASEAN+3 Environment Ministers Meeting (October 22, 2021)

Minister Yamaguchi participated in the ASEAN+3 Environment Ministers' Meeting and discussed global issues such as climate change and marine plastic litter. In addition, he exchanged opinions on strengthening environmental cooperation between Japan and ASEAN countries.


  • Online Meeting held on October 22

  • Minister Yamaguchi

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Exchange of views on PET bottle recycling efforts (October 18, 2021)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Miyazaki was briefed by Ms. Miyoko Tanaka, Vice President of Coca-Cola (Japan) Company, Limited, on the "Bottle to Bottle" initiative to recycle used PET bottles as new PET bottles, and the reduction of plastic waste and CO2 emissions through the introduction of label-less packaging. Participants also exchanged opinions to promote the transition to a circular economy.


  • Second from the right: Ms. Tanaka, Vice President of Coca-Cola (Japan) Company Limited

  • Parliamentary Vice-Minister Miyazaki

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Online meeting with China Special Envoy for Climate Change Xie Zhenhua (October 15, 2021)

Minister Yamaguchi virtually met with China Special Envoy for Climate Change Xie Zhenhua. They exchanged views to strengthen the Japan-China climate cooperation and support the delivery of a successful COP26.


  • Left: China Special Envoy for Climate Change Xie Zhenhua

  • Minister Yamaguchi

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New and former State Ministers' addresses to ministry staff (October 8, 2021)

Former State Minister Sasagawa addressed his resignation to the ministry staff, and State Minister Ooka gave his inaugural address.


  • Former State Minister Sasagawa and State Minister Ooka

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New and former State Ministers' and Parliamentary Vice-Ministers' addresses to ministry staff (October 7, 2021)

Former State Minister Horiuchi and Former Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kamitani expressed their gratitude to the ministry staff.


  • From left: Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hosaka, State Minister Mutai, Former State Minister Horiuchi, and Former Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kamitani

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New and former ministers' addresses to ministry staff (October 5, 2021)

Former Minister Koizumi expressed his gratitude to the ministry staff, and Minister Yamaguchi communicated his enthusiasm for his new mission.


  • Former Minister Koizumi and new Minister Yamaguchi

  • Former Minister Koizumi delivering his retirement address

  • Minister Yamaguchi delivering his inaugural address

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