Japan Takes Action to Preserve Our Earth
Creating a “Hydrogen Society” to Protect the Global Environment
The 2015 Paris Agreement was a historical pact in terms of promoting the creation of a carbon-neutral society. Efforts had been underway to lower carbon output, but this agreement set a goal of reaching net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases in the second half of the current century, thus achieving a carbon-neutral world.
Satellite Radar Technology Helps Protect Forests
The long-term rise in atmospheric and ocean temperatures has become a serious issue, triggering climate changes over the entire earth. One of the causes of global warming is the increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, of which forest logging and other changes in land use account for about 11％ of the global total.
Antarctic Observation: Predicting Global Environmental Changes
Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2017, Syowa Station was built in 1957 during the International Geophysical Year as the research station for Japan’s Antarctic observation activities. Japan is one of the 12 original signatories of the Antarctic Treaty, which prescribes the use of the Antarctic region for peaceful purposes, and has been a world leader in polar research.
Moments of Prime Minister Abe
During a visit to Washington DC, Prime Minister Abe met at the White House with U.S. President Donald Trump (February 2017).
Hokkaido: Bridging a Bright Future with Russia
Hokkaido is the northernmost of Japan’s four main islands and the largest of the country’s 47 prefectures. Harumi Takahashi, Hokkaido’s governor, states, “Hokkaido and the Russian Far East are geographical neighbors sharing a similar climate and natural environment.
A choke point for maritime transport between East Asia and Europe lies in the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Somalia, through which about 17,000 ships are said to navigate every year. But from around 2008 on, there was a sharp increase in attacks on merchant ships in these important waters by ransom-seeking pirates.
Guiding Japan Visitors with Firsthand Information
When Stefan Schauwecker launched the site japan-guide.com in July 1996 he was excited to use the Internet, still in its infancy then, to present an unbiased view of the country to a worldwide audience.
Realizing Society 5.0
A Society with Advanced Biometric Identification
Being able to prove who you are—this may be considered a natural state of affairs, yet has been difficult to achieve in our everyday lives. For example, we need a credit card and a PIN code or a signature to pay our bills. Liquid Inc., a start-up established in 2013, is working to revolutionize the identification process.
Japanese Individuals Contributing Worldwide
Making “Wheelchairs for Victory”
With the approach of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, sports for people with disabilities are gaining a higher profile.
Glimpses of Japan’s Wilderness and Old Roads
Oirase Mountain Stream: Aomori Prefecture
Tsumago-juku: Nagano Prefecture
Friends of Japan
Traditional Sound to Bridge Cultures
Pavel Io is a Russian man who has been captivated by a classical Japanese bamboo flute, the shakuhachi.