environment

Ramen-based fuel now powers one of Japan’s most beautiful sightseeing railways

Leftover tonkotsu broth gets a new purpose in Kyushu.

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Japanese government seeking power to turn down private home air conditioners remotely, report says

Ministry wants new authority to aid shift to renewable energy sources.

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Japanese convenience store will now ask customers who ask for a fork to use chopsticks instead

Family Mart no longer gives a fork.

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First-ever carbon-neutral sake coming in October

Sip some sustainable sake soon.

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Real-world forest that inspired Hayao Miyazaki to create Totoro will become a nature preserve

2.6-billion yen project will protect some 7,000 trees.

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Family Mart convenience stores will stop offering plastic forks, recommends chopsticks instead

Family Mart sticks a fork in forks.

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Coca-Cola Japan are testing “fill your own bottles” water dispensers to help reduce plastic waste

The water dispensers fall in line with the drinks giant’s global goal for 25 percent reusable packaging by 2030.

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Cost of uneaten ehomaki sushi rolls in 2022 estimated to be over one billion yen

A brief lesson in eho-nomics.

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Free admission to life-size, renewable-energy Gundam center celebrates its eco-friendly movement

Gundam takes a one-day break from fighting Zeon to raise sustainability awareness and save fans some cash.

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Shopping at Japanese convenience store Lawson? Don’t forget to take a cooking pot with you!

New Oden Pot Discount is good for the environment and your wallet.

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Japan considering adding charges for plastic convenience store utensils, hotel hangers, and more

I guess my days of plastic spoon-hoarding days are now over.

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What do you think of Muji’s new sustainable cutlery cover?

Now you can carry cutlery wherever you like with a small, sustainable silicone wrap.

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Japan’s postal service: So great it’ll even deliver a single leaf to your home

Handled with care and delivered in perfect condition.

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Japanese government removes controversial radioactive material illustration video and pamphlet

Awareness campaign for plan to dump radioactive water into ocean lands creators in hot water.

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Japan government makes cute illustrated version of radioactive isotope it plans to dump into sea

Video released on same day approval is granted for waste water project at Fukushima nuclear power plant.

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Bandai launches Gunpla Recycling Project to reuse Gundam anime model kit plastics

Model maker is installing drop boxes at arcades across Japan.

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Japan’s biggest family restaurant chain now lets you take your leftovers home with you

Order with gusto at Gusto, because whatever you don’t finish is yours to keep.

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Ban on free plastic forks and spoons drafted by Japan’s Ministry of Environment

First they came for the bags and I said “cool.” Then they came for the spoons and I said “sure, that’s cool too.”

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Common ramen ingredient found highly effective at clearing up radioactive contamination

Ramen-loving researcher mixes business with pleasure.

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Mt Fuji railway project receives approval from Yamanashi officials

A railway up the mountain aims to eliminate vehicles on the road to the fifth station but the round-trip fare for passengers won’t be cheap

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