Sweetfish spawn in 2012 in the Tamagawa river near Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward. (Provided by Ken Tsurusaki)
13 years in the making, photo book shows creatures thriving in Tokyo waterway
Wearing a dry suit and using a snorkel, photographer Ken Tsurusaki once remained on his stomach on the river surface for four to five hours just to get that perfect shot.
Chinese President Xi Jinping with French President Francois Hollande in Beijing on Nov. 2 (The Asahi Shimbun)
China, France seek five-year reviews of planned U.N. climate deal
BEIJING--China and France agreed on Nov. 2 to push for long-term monitoring of a U.N. accord to combat climate change due in Paris next month by reviewing cuts in greenhouse gas emissions every five years.
A Mirai fuel cell vehicle marketed by Toyota Motor Corp. in late 2014 (The Asahi Shimbun)
Toyota steers toward eliminating most gasoline cars off roads by 2050
Toyota Motor Corp., under ambitious environmental targets, is aiming to sell hardly any regular gasoline vehicles by 2050, only hybrid and fuel cell vehicles, to radically reduce emissions.
An Indian man cleans solar panels on a rooftop in Ahmadabad, India, on Oct. 1. India is pledging to reduce the intensity of its carbon emissions and increase the share of electricity produced from sources other than fossil fuels to 40 percent by 2030. (AP Photo)
India vows to cut carbon intensity in Paris pledge
NEW DELHI--As the last major economy to submit a target for a global climate pact, India is pledging to reduce the intensity of its carbon emissions and boost the share of electricity produced from sources other than fossil fuels to 40 percent by 2030.
Harbor seals rest on rocks off the coast of Cape Erimo in Hokkaido. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Harbor seals no longer 'threatened' species in Japan
Harbor seals have recovered their population and are back annoying fishermen--leading to the mammals being lowered from "vulnerable" to "near threatened" on the Japanese Red List of threatened species.
Bluefin tuna are lined up at a fish market in the Showa-machi district of Sakaiminato, Tottori Prefecture, in May. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Pacific bluefin tuna fishing faces ban if population plummets
SAPPORO--Japan has agreed with four nations and Taiwan to ban fishing of the threatened Pacific bluefin tuna if its population nose-dives.
Oriental storks are artificially bred at the “storks park” facility in Yesan county, South Chungcheong province. (Provided by the Korea National University of Education)
Project to restore oriental storks in South Korea takes flight with Japan's help
TOYOOKA, Hyogo Prefecture--With the assistance of Japanese experts here, researchers in South Korea are set to release pairs of oriental white storks into the wild as part of efforts to revive a species that became extinct locally over four decades ago.
The Sunny Solar Fukushima Central Plant in Sukagawa, central Fukushima Prefecture, is built on a closed golf course. (Satoru Semba)
PHOTO: Going green on the golf course
SUKAGAWA, Fukushima Prefecture--The fairways are gone and in their place are now 105,000 gleaming solar panels.
A charging station for electric vehicles at the Seven & i group's Ario shopping center in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture (Provided by Seven & i Holdings Co.)
Seven & i Holdings to set up 3,380 EV chargers at supermarkets, shopping centers
Seven & i Holdings Co. will install 3,380 charging stations for electric vehicles at 45 of its retail locations across the nation, including the Ito-Yokado supermarkets.
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Ministry to allow drilling in national parks to gain geothermal power
The Environment Ministry said it will lift restrictions on drilling operations underneath national parks and quasi-national parks to make 70 percent of geothermal energy reserves in Japan available for development.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a meeting of the Global Warming Prevention Headquarters in Tokyo in June. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan sets 26% cut in greenhouse gas emissions as target
The government said on July 17 it would slash its greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent by 2030 from 2013 levels and submitted the plan to the United Nations later in the day as its contribution to a global summit on climate change in Paris in November.
Yurine Abe, 9, and her brother, Maoto, 7, from Saitama Prefecture run in the Kasai Kaihin Koen beach park in Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward on July 11. (Tetsuro Takehana)
After cleanup, Tokyo to temporarily lift head-dunking ban at beach
Long considered cesspools with enough water pollution to cause serious health problems, beaches in central Tokyo are being restored partly through the cleanup efforts of nonprofit organizations.
Taisei Corp. develops an energy-saving building in Yokohama that can operate only on solar power. (Yuji Shimoyama)
Taisei develops eco-friendly, ‘self-sufficient’ building
General contractor Taisei Corp. said it has created a three-story building that supplies all of its energy needs through solar power and significantly cuts down on wasted electricity.
Seita Fujiwara, the head of Fujiwara Yohojo, rids a beehive of drone pupa infested with the parasitic Varroa destructor mite in Morioka. (Ryoma Komiyama)
Iwate beekeeper creates possible solution for colony collapse disorder
MORIOKA--A small company here developed a method that gives honeybee drones a purpose other than just mating--and could resolve the disappearing-bee mystery that threatens crop production around the globe.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, center, attends a welcoming ceremony at the Hotel National des Invalides in Paris, with his French counterpart Manuel Valls, upon his arrival for a three-day visit on June 30. (Pool via AP)
China to cap rising emissions by 2030 in boost to Paris U.N. deal
PARIS--China formally committed to halting the rise in its greenhouse gas emissions within the next 15 years and pledged on June 30 to reduce the carbon intensity of its vast economy, in a much-anticipated strategy for United Nations climate talks.
An enormous floating wind turbine at Onahama port in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on June 22 (Kenichiro Shino)
World’s most powerful floating wind turbine unveiled in Fukushima
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--A floating wind turbine that will have the planet’s largest generating capacity was shown to the public at Onahama port here on June 22 ahead of test runs scheduled for late this year.
The hawksbill turtle sighted in waters near Yakushima island, Kagoshima Prefecture, on April 19 (Provided by Keisuke Nakamura)
Endangered turtle set free 3 years ago sighted far from 'home'
YAKUSHIMA, Kagoshima Prefecture--A rare hawksbill turtle returned to the wild was sighted almost 1,000 kilometers from where it was released into the sea three years ago.
A female "sasakitekagiika" rises close to the surface in coastal waters of the Shiretoko region, carrying a black egg batch seen on the upper left. (Kotaro Ebara)
Shiretoko spectacle: Spawning squid something special
RAUSU, Hokkaido--The coastline of the scenic Shiretoko Peninsula, which juts out into the Sea of Okhotsk, is known for being the southernmost area in the Northern Hemisphere where drift ice reaches land.
Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Environment ministry pushes back on coal use
Japan's environment ministry is pushing back on the growing use of coal to generate power after the Fukushima nuclear disaster led to the shutdown of the nation's reactors, as concerns mount over greenhouse gas emissions.
A ptarmigan nest in Mount Norikuradake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures, from which eggs were collected June 5 (Pool)
Grouse eggs bagged for first artificial incubation
Eggs of a vulnerable game bird have been collected in the wild for the first time by Environment Ministry workers who plan to hatch them.

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