environment

Post-meal waste at Japanese sushi restaurant sparks controversy online

A lesson in what not to do at a revolving sushi joint in Japan.

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Shibuya Halloween cosplay cleanup crew wants your help this year!

Become a real-life hero in Tokyo.

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Picking seaweed up off the beach and taking it home is illegal in most of Japan, and here’s why

What’s the harm in pinching a tiny bit of seaweed? Quite a lot, as our Japanese-language reporter learned.
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Why do Japanese recycle bins have two openings but dump everything into the same compartment?

One says cans, one says bottles, but they end up in the same place.

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Starbucks turns its milk packs into notebooks with popular Japanese stationery brand

Global coffeehouse chain sets out on a sustainable journey in Japan. 

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Japanese KitKats swap plastic bags for paper packaging with new origami feature

There’s a reason to feel less guilty about eating KitKats, now that they’re saving the wildlife from tonnes of plastic each year. 

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A tale on the etiquette of using Japan’s plastic umbrella covers

Our reporter gets a rude surprise while trying to ethically sheathe his umbrella.

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Major Japanese restaurant chain introducing bamboo straws to help reduce plastic and save forests

It’s a double whammy of environmental friendliness.

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VR videos of adult film actresses provide dirty thoughts to be turned into clean energy.

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Bug hunt! Some areas offering rewards for alien beetles threatening Japan’s cherry blossoms

Municipalities and prefectures are hoping they can stop the dreaded red-necked longhorn beetle before they get out of hand.

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Starbucks Japan asks customers to not use smartphones, laptops in its cafes for special eco event

But oddly enough, they still want you to share the experience on social media.

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8 Reasons Japan is so clean: the wa of cleanliness

Japan must be one of the cleanest countries in the world. What’s behind it all? Find out what makes Japan so pika-pika!

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Visit this Tokyo-area Ikea to find furniture, Swedish meatballs, goats, and — wait, goats?!

We discovered an unexpected sight during a recent trip to an IKEA in the suburbs of Tokyo.
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Stroking, gasping, and long, hard cylindrical objects, all for the sake of Mother Earth.

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The 100 Soundscapes of Japan: A list of Japan’s greatest natural, cultural, and industrial sounds

“The 100 what??” That was our initial reaction too, but the official list is just what it sounds like!

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Friendly volunteers help this cute porcupine fish out of a prickly situation

Marine wildlife volunteers cleverly fight garbage with garbage in order to successfully rescue this trapped porcupine fish.

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Rent-a-goat service now available in Japan, ready to fulfill all your goat-related needs

If you need a furry friend that also doubles as an eco-friendly lawnmower, this is for you.

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The dirty reason China can’t always tell North Korea what to do

Global consumption of coal has declined significantly over the past year, driven by China, which makes up about half of the world’s demand for coal.

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No more fuel! Young entrepreneur creates lantern that runs on ocean water

Aisa Mijeno, a young Filipino engineer and environmental advocate, has conceptualized a product that is not only environmentally friendly, but will provide basic lighting  to the less-privileged: a lamp that runs on salt water!

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