Environment Ministry

Crested ibis born in wild fathers chick with female born in...
The hatchling being fed by a parent on Sado Island on May 6. (Provided by the Environment Ministry)
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,...
Central, local governments have no takers for radioactive waste
Local residents raise their fists in Kami, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 21 to express their opposition to the construction of the final disposal site for contaminated waste in the town. (Hiroshi Shimada)
With nobody wanting to give it a permanent home, a large amount of waste contaminated with radioactive materials due to the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant...
Ministry to re-examine 'threatened' status of Hokkaido harbor seals
Harbor seals rest on rocks off the coast of Cape Erimo in Hokkaido in July 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Environment Ministry decided to reassess the “threatened species” designation for harbor seals in Hokkaido after fishermen complained of damage caused by the growing...
Study: Nankai Trough quake would create 11 times more debris than...
Debris from the Great East Japan Earthquake is loaded onto a truck in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on Feb. 25. It was the prefecture’s last haul of waste from the disaster. (Toru Furusho)
A Nankai Trough earthquake would produce up to 11 times more debris, garbage and mud than the detritus left behind from the Great East Japan Earthquake, according to the...
Government refuses to limit sites for final disposal of...
Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato, left, speaks to Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara, second from right, and Takumi Nemoto, the minister in charge of post-quake reconstruction, in Tokyo on Feb. 12. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The central government rejected a request by the governor of Fukushima prefecture to introduce legislation guaranteeing that the final disposal facilities for radioactive waste ...
Fukushima seeks limit on radioactive waste disposal sites
Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato, left, speaks to Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara, second from right, and Takumi Nemoto, the minister in charge of post-quake reconstruction, in Tokyo on Feb. 12. (Yu Kotsubo)
Fukushima prefectural authorities have asked the Environment Ministry to reduce from three to two the number of sites it plans for the temporary storage of radioactive debris...
Sludge designated radioactive waste for 1st time in Kanagawa
Radioactive sludge from water purification plants has been placed in temporary storage facilities in Tochigi Prefecture. (Provided by Tochigi prefectural government)
The Environment Ministry has classified 2.9 tons of sludge from Kanagawa Prefecture as radioactive waste derived from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the first such designation ...
Fukushima decontamination effort extended up to 3 years
Soil contaminated by radiation is stored on a temporary basis in the grounds of a junior high school in the town of Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, in November. (Takuro Negishi)
The Environment Ministry has decided to extend state-run radiation removal work for some municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture by up to three years, according to a well-placed ...
Experts differ over nuclear accident's effect on cancer rate in...
A child has her thyroid gland checked with an ultrasonic sensor at Tokatsu Hospital in Nagareyama, Chiba Prefecture, in November. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Experts were divided over whether radiation from the Fukushima nuclear accident affected the thyroid cancer rate among children in Fukushima Prefecture, in which 59 young...
When the senior home beckons for man's best friend
Some dogs are on their last legs at Top in Kikuchi, Kumamoto Prefecture. (Tomoko Yamashita)
It’s not just elderly people who require nursing care facilities. Dogs need them, too.
Invasive lizards threaten Ogasawara Islands' ecosystem
A green anole eats a Meimura boninesis, an indigenous cicada on the Ogasawara Islands. (Provided by Akira Ozono)
OGASAWARA ISLANDS--On a remote isle in the Pacific Ocean, the Environment Ministry is waging a war against invasive lizards that have nearly wiped out indigenous species on a...
Japan's new CO2 goal dismays U.N. climate conference
The opening session of the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP19 in Warsaw, Poland, on Nov. 11. (The Asahi Shimbun)
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...
Greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal uncertain with reactors...
Japan is given the dishonorable "Special Fossil of the Day" award by the international non-governmental organization Climate Action Network during COP19 on Nov. 15. (Akemi Kanda)
Uncertainty over the extent to which nuclear reactors will resume operations is severely limiting the government's ability to set long-term goals for the reduction of...
Hundreds of hectares of coastal dunes and forests lost due to...
This map shows an area that was a tidal flat or swamp in 1908. (Provided by the Environment Ministry)
Hundreds of hectares of sand dunes and forests have been lost along coastal areas from Aomori to Chiba prefectures that were inundated by tsunami generated by the Great East...
Japan set to be criticized for 2020 emissions target
Working-level negotiations are under way in Bonn on April 29 for COP 19. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The government has set a target of 2020 greenhouse gas emissions at 3.8 percent lower than 2005 levels, sources said, noting that the figure is still more than 3 percent higher ...
Documents show government tacitly accepts TEPCO’s refusal to pay ...
Workers remove radioactive debris near Usuishi Elementary School in Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, on July 17. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the embattled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, declared early this year that it will not repay radioactive cleanup costs in Fukushima...
Decontamination in Fukushima municipalities may take 3 years...
Decontamination work is under way in Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Radiation removal work in six Fukushima Prefecture municipalities could take up to three years longer to complete than initially planned, according to a proposal put together...
Ministry fails to use 77% of Fukushima decontamination budget;...
Workers remove radioactive debris near Usuishi Elementary School in Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, on July 17. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Environment Ministry has failed to use 76.6 percent, or 247.2 billion yen, of its budget to decontaminate radioactive areas around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, the...
No decision yet on disposal sites for contaminated waste in 5...
A cattle farmer with contaminated rice straw he stores at his farm in Tome, Miyagi Prefecture, on Sept. 20 (Kengo Hiyoshi)
Tens of thousands of tons of contaminated waste resulting from the Fukushima nuclear disaster still remain in fields and elsewhere in the affected region, with no final...
Ministry angers residents by pushing back Fukushima cleanup
The Asahi Shimbun
The Environment Ministry said it will scrap its initial road map for radioactive cleanup projects in Fukushima Prefecture but failed to set new dates for completion of the work,...