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, 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.
Climate change and rapid urbanization increase social and economic vulnerabilities and require immediate and consorted actions from the global community to address such risks. Japan is promoting disaster-prevention and mitigation measures. These include the use of satellites in torrential-rain forecasting and the development of earthquake-resistance technology.
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.
Technologies for Protecting Critical InfrastructuresCNBC
Pipeline to Success: Saving Trillions Through Japanese Innovation
From rising urban centers to bustling global cities, the success of our future metropolises may be determined by what happens underground.
Health and Longevity
Access to an adequate healthcare system and technology is critical for building healthy and sustainable communities. Japan's knowledge and technologies in artificial intelligence and telemedicine are now utilized around the world.
Extending Healthcare Support WorldwideLooking Ahead
How Japan Is Applying Its Knowledge and Experience to Ensure Health and Well-Being for All
Nutritional balance is fundamental to improving well-being, and Japan has important lessons to offer in this area: Thanks to good diet and access to health care, the average life expectancy in Japan is 84.2 years old, the longest in the world.
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.
Developing renewable energy, 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.
Japan’s Commitment to Renewable EnergyReuters
Second Lives for EV Batteries
On October 9, YOSHINO Akira from Japan was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of lithium-ion batteries, alongside American John Goodenough and Briton Stanley Whittingham.
“Lithium-ion batteries have revolutionized our lives and are used in everything from mobile phones to laptops and electric vehicles…this year’s chemistry laureates have laid the foundation of a wireless, fossil fuel-free society,” said the Nobel Committee.
Environmental ConservationWe are Tomodachi
Controlling Wildfires with Japanese Eco-Friendly Technology
Wildfires raging in the tropical rainforests of South America pose a serious problem. Now, a Japanese company, working with naturally-sourced soap, has developed an eco-friendly soap-based foam to fight fires. Field trials against wildfires are giving promising results.
Realizing a Circular EconomyWe are Tomodachi
Wood and Paper Surpass Plastic
Japanese companies are addressing the global issue of plastic waste with traditional techniques, novel ideas, and a strong desire to help bring about a sustainable, recycling-oriented society
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
Pursuit of Clean Oceans Driven by Locals in Ishikawa
Ishikawa Prefecture, which faces the Sea of Japan, has prospered notably since the Edo Period (1603-1867) thanks to one of the country’s most prominent castle towns, which also has been a center of culture and the arts. Today that city is Kanazawa, the prefectural capital, which is home to several tourist attractions that hark back to that history.
Diversity and Inclusiveness
Japan aspires to realize a global community with diversity and inclusiveness. Its knowledge and innovation are making a difference in empowering the disabled, supporting women's self-reliance, and providing equal educational opportunities.
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 EducationLooking Ahead
How Japan Is Committed to Education For All
“Education for all” means going beyond formal education by considering varied needs, backgrounds and multi-grade teaching environments.
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 TechnologyBloomberg
The New Way to Interact with Sound
Advances in technology promise a greater future for people around the world and increased stability for our environment. To meet the needs of current and future generations, innovative Japanese companies are applying the latest technologies to a range of challenges including sustainability.
Innovations from Japan offer practical lessons to share with people around the world as we face universal challenges surrounding energy use, resource consumption, environmental conservation and the vitality of our communities. Here we look at examples of creative thinking from inventors, companies, city planners, researchers and fashion designers, all of whom are changing things for the better.
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.