Environment Ministry

Ptarmigan chick hatched successfully at Toyama zoo from egg...
A ptarmigan chick born at the Toyama Municipal Family Park Zoo (Provided by the Toyama Municipal Family Park Zoo)
A ptarmigan chick was hatched artificially at Toyama Municipal Family Park Zoo on June 27, part of an effort to boost the numbers of the protected game bird in Japan, the...
Environment ministry pushes back on coal use
Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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...
Ministry to nationalize Fukushima site to bury radioactive waste
Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki, left, explains the government’s nationalization plan to heads of local governments in a Fukushima prefectural government office on June 5. (Akifumi Nagahashi)
FUKUSHIMA--The Environment Ministry said it will nationalize a privately owned site in Fukushima Prefecture to dispose of radioactive waste generated by the 2011 nuclear...
Grouse eggs bagged for first artificial incubation
A ptarmigan nest in Mount Norikuradake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures, from which eggs were collected June 5 (Pool)
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.
In compromise, ministries propose 25% reduction target for...
The Asahi Shimbun
Japan is leaning toward a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2030, a ratio that represents a compromise between two ministries but is still below the...
Survey discovers microplastic contamination spreading far from...
A sample of microplastics (Provided by Kyushu University professor Atsuhiko Isobe)
Tiny pieces of plastic are polluting not only waters near coasts but are also spreading into the open oceans, raising the possibility of fish and seabirds ingesting harmful...
Four wetlands offered as candidates for Ramsar Convention
The Hinuma area in the town of Ibaraki, Ibaraki Prefecture, on April 22 (Satoru Murata)
Japan has pitched four wetland areas, including one in Ibaraki Prefecture that is home to a rare species of eagle, for recognition under the Ramsar Convention.
Japan's fiscal 2013 greenhouse gas emissions highest in 6 years
Hirono Power Station near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture runs on fossil fuels. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The nation's total emissions of greenhouse gases for fiscal 2013 increased 1.2 percent from the previous year to 1.408 billion tons, Japan's highest level in six years.
EDITORIAL: A more ambitious renewable energy target is feasible
A solar power station in Seika, Kyoto Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is considering an energy policy target of raising the renewable energy share in Japan’s overall energy mix to the lower half of...
Industry ministry seeks renewable energy ratio of 20% to 25% in...
The Asahi Shimbun
The industry ministry rejected a proposal by the Environment Ministry and is calling for renewable energy sources to supply “between 20 and 25 percent” of Japan’s...
Radioactive soil finally moved to Futaba site
Workers place bags of contaminated soil trucked to an interim storage facility in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 25. (Keisuke Sato)
FUTABA, Fukushima Prefecture--The Environment Ministry has begun transporting radioactive soil to the planned site of an interim storage facility here after years of tough...
Export ban in cards for endangered turtle indigenous to Okinawa
An Asian brown pond turtle (Provided by the Japan Wildlife Research Center)
The Environment Ministry said it will ban exports of a subspecies of the Asian brown pond turtle, native to islands in southern Japan, in an eleventh hour bid to prevent it...
Surplus in wind power to produce hydrogen for fuel cells
The Environment Ministry’s wind power generating facility off Goto, Nagasaki Prefecture (Provided by Toda Corp.)
GOTO, Nagasaki Prefecture--An offshore project will get under way here in March to use excess electricity generated from wind to create hydrogen that can fuel local island...
Kyoto garden to build greenhouse where visitors can observe...
Asarum pellucidum is a species of wild ginger that grows only on Amami-Oshima island in Kagoshima Prefecture. (Provided by the Kyoto Botanical Gardens)
KYOTO--An arboretum here will open a new facility in April where visitors can directly observe efforts by researchers to preserve rare species of plants.
Court orders ministry to identify municipalities in survey on...
Debris and rubble from the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami are transferred to a school playground in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
OSAKA--The Osaka District Court ordered the Environment Ministry to reveal the names of local governments that agreed to accept or considered accepting debris from the 2011...
RENEWABLE CHALLENGE: Environmental scholar spreads concept of...
Hidefumi Kurasaka gives a lecture to students at Chiba University. (Mari Fujisaki)
Editor's note: This is the last of a two-part series on efforts being made to promote renewable energy sources.
Local authorities struggle to keep up with unscrupulous dog...
One of the eight dogs found alive near the bodies of 27 dogs in a forest in Nakagawa, Tochigi Prefecture, on Nov. 5 (Provided by the Tochigi Prefectural Animal Protection Guidance Center)
UTSUNOMIYA--The discovery of 72 dead dogs in Tochigi Prefecture was the grisliest in a recent series of abandoned-pet cases around Japan.
Diet passes legislation to remove nuclear waste from Fukushima in...
Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki, left, hands a copy of the revised law to mandate the eventual removal of radioactive waste from Fukushima Prefecture to Governor Masao Uchibori in Iwaki on Nov. 19. (Takuro Negishi)
The Diet passed a bill Nov. 19 mandating that radioactive soil and debris from the Fukushima decontamination work be moved outside the prefecture within 30 years, a step toward ...
First bags of contaminated debris prepared for transfer to...
A bag filled with contaminated debris is placed inside a new bag at a temporary storage site in Kawauchi, Fukushima Prefecture, on Nov. 11. (Yosuke Fukudome)
KAWAUCHI, Fukushima Prefecture--Preparation work has started for the transfer of radiation-contaminated debris from a temporary storage site here to a planned interim facility...
Japan targets 424 dangerous invasive species for elimination
The venomous redback spider is indigenous to Australia. (Provided by the land ministry)
Venomous redback spiders are among 424 nonnative species targeted for extermination in Japan under a planned new designation for alien threats against indigenous species and...