Evolving Innovation in Achieving SDGs
The Hydrogen Society Starts from Fukushima
Hydrogen, a source of next-generation clean energy, holds the key to solving the problems of carbon reduction and energy supply. In Fukushima Prefecture, where the restoration from the devastating earthquake continues to gain momentum, the Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field will be the world’s largest-scale hydrogen production facility upon its completion in the spring of 2020.
Satellites Find Optimal Flight Routes to Reduce CO2
Spurred by an idea from Ayako Matsumoto, an employee at ANA HOLDINGS INC., a collaborative research project between Japanese research institutes and that company is now developing a satellite system for the accurate observation of wind direction and speed. Expectations are growing that the system will help reduce CO2 emissions from aircraft and combat climate change.
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
TECHNOLOGICAL FORCE OF SMEs:
Saving Lives from Furniture Sent Flying by Quakes
A tenacious Japanese entrepreneur, five years after losing a friend during the giant earthquake that struck Kobe and vicinity in 1995, develops an innovative gel pad that resists seismic shocks
YOUNG INNOVATORS FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE:
Brilliant Proposals from Young Students at the G20 Ministerial Meetings
There are places where food is left over and thrown away and places where people are suffering from poor harvests, starvation, and malnutrition. What should we do to eliminate this “food imbalance?” Japanese High school students came up with ideas for solving these problems.
"Sea of Japan," The One and Only Internationally Established Name
The name "Sea of Japan" is the only internationally established name for the sea area concerned. Japan strongly opposes unfounded arguments concerning the name "Sea of Japan" and is calling for a better understanding of the issue and support for Japan's position from the international community in order to maintain the sole use of the name, "Sea of Japan."
TOKYO 2020: Japan’s Preparations for the Olympic/Paralympic Games
Beat the Heat with Japanese Technology and Ingenuity
At last, we are only one year away from the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. Preparations are steadily underway in Japan to provide both athletes and spectators with the ultimate experience.
Japanese Individuals Contributing Worldwide
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
Friends of Japan
Passing On the Artisan Spirit to Posterity
A fascination with Japanese swords in his youth led the Swede Hans Koga to become a craftsman of koshirae (outer sword components) in Japan. While helping preserve traditional techniques that date back more than four centuries in Kumamoto, he is conveying the soul of the samurai to the world and to future generations.
Friends of Japan
Enthusiastic Vocalist Inspires Japanese Students
Even after more than three decades in Japan, what Prisca Molotsi teaches, from classrooms to live music houses, are things about her homeland, South Africa, and a greatly enriched humanity
Friendly Bonds with Cities
Oita—A City with Many Centuries of Overseas Ties
Steeped in a centuries-long tradition of forming ties with other countries through trade, the city of Oita today is flourishing with international exchange through friendly bonds with cities
PORTRAITS OF JAPAN:
Breathtaking Colors in the Japanese Autumn
One of the wonderful forms of beauty to be experienced in Japan is the way the hues of nature change as the seasons pass. When fall comes, colorful autumn leaves cover the mountains of Japan, and there are some places where the seasonal colors offer something a little different that is certainly worth the trip to take in.