September 02, 2014
TAIJI, Wakayama Prefecture--This coastal community’s annual dolphin hunt kicked off Sept. 1, and foreign anti-whaling activists were out in force to protest the slaughter as dozens of police officers stood by to keep the peace.
August 19, 2014
NAGO, Okinawa Prefecture--Researchers have found rare stalagmites containing coral fragments in a cave off Cape Henoko, where the government plans to relocate an air base from another part of this southernmost prefecture.
August 18, 2014
KUSHIMA, Miyazaki Prefecture--In the waters off the Nichinan coast in southern Kyushu, the crown-of-thorns starfish has become an unwelcome pest.
July 30, 2014
Master angler Jiro Shirataki is puzzled that the average size of his catches of tasty "ayu" trout have become “noticeably smaller than before.”
July 27, 2014
Researchers are raising new alarms about the ecological threat posed by land reclamation work planned for the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa Prefecture in a bay where 10 new species have been discovered since 2007.
July 22, 2014
About 80 percent of municipal governments across Japan are keen to promote renewable energies in the hope that the new energy sources, technology and sales revenue will help revitalize regional development, a survey shows.
July 22, 2014
As coral reefs continue to fall victim to global warming, a major Japanese construction company is working to restore these endangered ecosystems using underwater tunnel building technology.
July 16, 2014
The Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing of genetic resources will take effect in October, but without the participation of Japan--even though it spearheaded the initiative.
July 10, 2014
A leading environmental group has found extensive evidence that endangered dugongs inhabit waters close to the planned relocation site of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa Prefecture.
July 02, 2014
The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has an enlightened plan to make its people even happier by spreading the use of eco-friendly vehicles in the country.
June 07, 2014
SADO, Niigata Prefecture--For the first time since the species went extinct in Japan, a crested ibis chick born in the wild to a parent also born in nature left its nest here, the Environment Ministry said.
May 22, 2014
The Environment Ministry is set to do a study on tiny plastic particles floating in the seas around Japan and their impact on ocean ecosystems.
May 18, 2014
The sprawling gardens of the moated Imperial Palace in central Tokyo are a veritable treasure trove of fauna and flora, some rare, a survey has found.
May 07, 2014
SADO, Niigata Prefecture--A crested ibis born in the wild as part of the program to reintroduce the endangered species has successfully bred with a female born in captivity, the Environment Ministry said May 6.
April 02, 2014
ULAN BATOR--Men on horseback chase sheep and goats over the snow-covered land in winter in the Mongolian plains, where temperatures can drop to minus 30 degrees.
March 31, 2014
THE HAGUE--The International Court of Justice on March 31 ordered a temporary halt to Japan's Antarctic whaling program, ruling that it is not for scientific purposes as the Japanese government had claimed.
March 31, 2014
YOKOHAMA--Global warming makes feeding the world harder and more expensive, a United Nations scientific panel said.
March 18, 2014
Greenhouse gases must be cut 40 to 70 percent within 36 years to prevent cataclysmic environmental changes, according to a U.N. panel’s draft report that urges an immediate shift away from coal-fired power plants.
January 04, 2014
A urinal that uses recycled water for flushing has won an eco-products award.
November 17, 2013
TOKYO/WARSAW--China, the EU and environmentalists criticized Japan at U.N. climate talks on Nov. 15 for slashing its greenhouse gas emissions target after its nuclear power industry was shuttered by the Fukushima disaster.