The looming challenge of climate change calls for the collective effort of all humanity to resolve.
At the same time, addressing climate change can be the driving force of dynamic growth.
Japan's hydrogen power play
In the city of Kobe, hydrogen produces heat and electricity for a hospital, sports centre and trains - part of Japan's transition to a so-called 'hydrogen society'. Japan was the first country in the world to draw up a hydrogen strategy in 2017. It aims to cut emissions by 46 per cent by 2030, and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
Zero-Carbon Cities Herald Carbon Neutrality
Zero-carbon cities, at the forefront of a vision to make Japan carbon neutral by 2050, are generating a wave of innovative changes across the country. Taking advantage of its geographical features, Goto City is looking to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions while revitalizing the community.
Bilateral and Multilateral AssistanceYouTube
To Achieve global Carbon Neutrality - International Cooperation
Japan is striving to help developing countries to chart and follow their own pathways toward carbon neutrality.
Since ancient times, infectious diseases have remained an issue having a grave impact upon the world's people. While having implemented appropriate measures domestically to counter a variety of infectious diseases, including COVID-19, Japan is now strengthening collaboration across borders and taking a leading role to address this important matter on a global scale.
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken many lives around the world and has had a serious impact on societies and economies. Japan is utilizing an array of knowledge, experience, and technology to carry out suitable countermeasures against this novel disease. At the same time, Japan is mobilizing its resources to make a proactive contribution internationally.
Realizing a green society, protecting oceans from plastic waste, and creating a circular economy are just a few examples of imminent yet challenging goals for creating a sustainalbe society. Japan is at the forefront of all these global efforts and shares its expertise and lessons learned with its partners around the world.
Green SocietyThe Economist
Japan's green future
As Japan aims for a carbon-free future by 2050, government support is spurring the development of innovations that will provide global solutions to tackle climate change.
Environmental ConservationNational Geographic
Japan: Saving species in one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots
Japan: Saving species in one of the world’s biodiversity hotspotsJapan is one of the world’s 36 biodiversity hotspots, places where an exceptional number of unique species are surviving under the threat of extinction. It’s a responsibility that Japan is rising to.
Realizing a Circular EconomyKIZUNA
Plant-Derived Material Will Change the Future of Automobiles
Lightweight and super-strong, cellulose nanofiber is an innovative material based on cellulose—a renewable resource from trees and plants—promising a wide spectrum of potential applications in various fields, including the automobile industry.
Pioneers for Sustainable SocietyQuartz
A Japanese startup is weaving tradition with tech for a more sustainable fashion future
With headlines everywhere focusing on disposable plastics and air travel emissions, it’s clear that our individual, everyday purchasing choices—from what we eat to how we get around—impact the world around us. But how about what we wear?
Tackling Marine Plastic WasteWe are Tomodachi
Unite and Fight Against Ocean Waste
Early in the morning, surfers arrive one after another to an empty beach as the waves lap the shore. But instead of surfboards, they are carrying large trash bags. With practiced motions, they then collect the garbage scattered across the beach: empty cans, plastic bottles, and fishing nets. The surfers’ bags soon fill up, mainly with plastic trash.
Japan is a country prone to earthquakes and various other disasters, and over the years has accumulated knowledge and technologies for disaster prevention, know-how now incorporated in highly resilient rail and other infrastructure technologies used to support safe and comfortable living for people all around the world.
Helping Neighbors with Japan’s TechnologyYouTube
Sharing Japanese experience and solutions to reduce disaster risk
Japan has been and will keep working side by side with local partners to build safe and resilient communities. In Banda Aceh, Indonesia, in 2004, thousands of buildings and houses, as well as infrastructure, were destroyed by a tsunami all at once. To meet Indonesia’s heightened needs for disaster risk management, Japan has been working together with Indonesian communities to share its experience and know-how.
A Wealth of Expertise for Reducing Disaster RiskBloomberg
Resilience Through Technology
Natural disasters, disease outbreaks – while threats come in all different forms, advances in technology are making our world safer and more secure. To better prepare current and future generations, innovative Japanese companies are developing new technologies that lend to greater resilience.
Relief Efforts for Natural Disasters WorldwideWe are Tomodachi
Overcoming Disasters Together Emergency Relief for Mexico from Japan
On September 19, 2017 at 1:14 p.m. (local time), a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck central Mexico, collapsing many buildings even in the capital, Mexico City.
Health & Welfare
Healthy children are important for national progress, and Japan’s food and nutrition knowledge ranks highly alongside its excellent medical care, services and systems, all of which are leveraged in the health support Japan provides to other countries.
Extending Healthcare Support WorldwideKIZUNA
School Lunches: The Key to Children’s Health and Prosperity
The healthy growth of children in Japan owes much to the provision of nutritionally balanced school-lunch menus and a long standing commitment to nutrition education. Japan also offers school-lunch support internationally, leading to improved nutrition and higher quality learning.
Access to Health InnovationWe are Tomodachi
Health for All through Innovative Examination System and Remote Healthcare
A young Japanese woman has set up a medical venture in Bangladesh that utilizes AI as well as ICT to create a system that makes healthcare accessible to anyone, even residents of regions with a shortage of medical services
Technologies at the Forefront of Medicine and HealthcareReuters
Intelligent Regeneration In Japan
How artificial intelligence helps get new treatments to patients. Regenerative medicine is a promising field, with the potential to revolutionize medical treatments by restoring damaged tissues and organs.
Empowering Individuals and Communities
Having been a world leader in various fields, Japan now supports growth and development in partner countries by providing education and business know-how, with a particular emphasis on human-resource development for sustainable growth.
Empowering the DisabledWe are Tomodachi
Enthusiasm for Sports Promotes Inclusive Society
In 1964, Tokyo hosted the second Paralympic Games, which was actually the first time that the word “paralympics” had been used. In 2020, while preparing to become the world’s first host of a second Paralympics, Japan is working to realize an inclusive society through sports.
Access to Quality EducationThe Economist
Vulnerable people and countries still suffer the most from lack of access to education and employment, especially young women in developing countries. To address this issue and create opportunities to learn and work, Japanese entrepreneurs and educators are using technology to expand access to education and employment around the world.
Promoting Women’s Business and EntrepreneurshipLooking Ahead
How Japan Is Empowering Women on the Global Stage
Empowering women is an integral component of investing human resources, an approach that has helped Japan overcome many challenges over the centuries and allowed its people to flourish.
Unleashing Human Potential Through TechnologyThe Economist
Building a better society
Socially aware innovators are helping elderly people and those with disabilities unlock their potential and enjoy the benefits of connection. Through pioneering digital design and technology, Japanese companies are ensuring that some of the most vulnerable people—women, people with physical disabilities, and the elderly—are empowered to lead full, productive lives.
Japanese Government to Step Up Promotion of SDGs
By the year 2030, the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to build a world where no one is left behind. Japan's SDGs Promotion Headquarters, led by the Prime Minister, promote SDGs through close collaboration with all stakeholders, including businesses and members of civil society.