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Tokyo Committed to Carbon-Minus Games

2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Bid supports long-term green drive

Tokyo, 5 March 2009 – Tokyo 2016’s vision for hosting a Carbon-Minus Olympic and Paralympic Games continues to gain momentum, as Japan’s vibrant capital city reports continued progress in its world-leading environmental initiatives.

(Artist’s impression of Tokyo 2016 Sea Forest: a refreshing 1000ha of lush greenery)

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s (TMG) ten-year plan to transform the city into a 21st Century showcase of urban sustainability has given rise to an innovative pledge to make Tokyo a carbon-minus city to help secure its Olympic legacy. This, together with the ‘Tokyo’s Big Change’ initiative, charts a decade-long course for the city’s urban and environmental transformation.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s commitment to a carbon-minus society is reflected fully in the Tokyo 2016 Bid proposal. Tokyo 2016’s Bid prioritizes use of existing facilities wherever possible. Where new and temporary venues are required, they will be proactively implemented with high-efficiency, passive designs incorporating energy conservation technology as well as solar, wind and other renewable energy sources. Lowto zero-emission vehicles are another feature of this plan.

The new United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is set to be finalised at the COP 15 conference, which takes place in Copenhagen in December 2009, and Tokyo is pushing forward with the ‘The 10 Year Project for a Carbon-Minus Tokyo’ in the lead up to this milestone. Advanced technology, public-private burden sharing and investment incentives are cornerstones of this effort to achieve a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the end of fiscal year 2020 relative to the benchmark year of 2000. To date, a total of 36.5 billion yen has been earmarked for 107 projects related to ‘The 10 Year Project for a Carbon-Minus Tokyo’.

‘The 10-Year Project for Green Tokyo’, meanwhile, aims to promote green urbanism among the Japanese people - enhancing appreciation for the natural environment through initiatives such as organised tree plantings and guidance on protecting greenery.

Another key undertaking is the creation of 1000 hectares of green space in the Umi-no-Mori, or Sea Forest, now under development in Tokyo Bay. The proposed site for Equestrian(cross-country), Cycling(mountain bike and BMX), Rowing and Canoe/Kayak(flatwater) at Tokyo 2016, the Sea Forest Cluster symbolises the rebirth of Tokyo in the form of waterways and green corridors.

As well as improvements to biodiversity and water quality, some 480,000 seedlings are being planted over approximately 88 hectares. A million roadside trees will also be planted throughout the city 540,000 of those by April 2009 – while grass play areas will have been provided to 121 public primary and junior high schools by the same time.

Dr Ichiro Kono, Chair and CEO of Tokyo 2016, said:

“Tokyo 2016 is committed to staging the most compact, athlete-friendly Games - and the first to be carbonminus. Our city is leading the world’s major urban centres in long-term environmental planning, and we hope to welcome the world in 2016 to see both a memorable Games, and the benefits of our green strategy.”

Athletes and sports fans will not need to wait until Tokyo 2016 to see world-class sport in a sustainable framework, however. Taking place on 22 March, Tokyo Marathon 2009 is set to be the greenest in history.

Athletes, supporters and officials will benefit from innovations such as jackets and caps made from recycled polyester, hybrid cars and buses to and from venues, and water cups made from thinned lumber. All 35,000 runners will sport green shoelaces to raise awareness of global warming and the importance of environmental protection.
(quoted from http://www.tokyo2016.or.jp/en )

Make Mount Fuji as a World Heritage site

Japan's top and highest peak is, of course, Mount Fuji.


But, did you know that Mount Fuji is not designated as a World Heritage site yet?
An application was once filed on Mount Fuji ten years ago; however, it was unfortunately turned down.
This is a fact, which is certainly sad for the Japanese people, but has to be sincerely accepted.
Thus, we are once again starting on the Project of making Mount Fuji a World Heritage site, which of course, requires efforts in areas such as environment, moral, rules, human and financial resources, etc.
In order to make Japan's treasure a world's treasure, everyone cooperates with each other to fill in the missing pieces, just like filling the missing pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.
Our goal for the designation of Mount Fuji as a World Heritage site is 2012.
However, the real goal reaches further ahead, which is to pass on our beautiful Mount Fuji to our future generations. So, why don't you join us to make Mt. Fuji a World Heritage site?




Digital Native goes to air on NHK General TV 
in September 2008
Digital Native goes to air on NHK General TV 
in September 2008

Young people who has passed 
since the internet became commonplace in ordinary households.



let's enjoy dancing together

A new movement aimed at promoting sound exchange between young men and women through folk dance has been launched by university students and volunteers in Tokyo.

It is promoted by「Folklore」(Folk dance gathering movement ) under the auspices of UNESCO Tokyo Council.

Please attend the western folk dance and enjoy playing a game or other attractions!
On September 28, which is an big festival will be held at Square Urutoraman in the Setagaya-ku

Date September 28th (sun) 1pm-5pm  
Place Square Urutoraman

(nearby SOSHIGAYA-OHKURA station on Odakyu line from SHINJYUKU)
Admission for nothing
Items We learn and have a dance with
easy western numbers at the same time

Promotion Committee Folklore of Setagaya
Auspices UNESCO Tokyo Council,
newspaper office Mainichi and so on


E-mail info@asutoraia.com
TEL/FAX 049-258-3218

Please contact Mr. Matsubara in English, French or Japanese

With Linking East Asian Future -LEAF- ?

With Linking East Asian Future -LEAF- ?
While being students, why don’t you do what only students can do,
with all your might to the very end?
Nowadays, with the advance of globalization, the relationship between countries has been closer and more complicated.
Under such circumstance, Japan is classified as East Asia.
China and Korea are some of our neighbor countries. Japan and these two countries, which are geographically close, have very long and deep ties historically.

LEAF provides opportunities for students in East Asia to spend their time together, look at actual problems in front of them to exchange opinions heatedly, and discuss the creation of their future.

Having exchanges and sharing common awareness of the problems with students who would participate in LEAF will generate trust in each other, and will help them become significant friends individually. As a result, bonds, which will help them work on problems in East Asia cooperatively, will be created.

While being students, why don’t you do what only students can do, with all your might to the very end?

Now we want to know about East Asia more.
Now we want to pass along information about Japan.
Now we want to create a better future by deepening our bonds in East Asia.

Such enthusiasm drives LEAF.

It is the forum which will start with Japan session this May that would play the most important role in activities of LEAF.

This forum will provides opportunities for students to discuss genuinely something which only students are allowed to do because they are just students, discuss the creation of their future together, and deepen our bonds in East Asia.

■The schedule

Japanese holding: Tuesday, May13 , 2008-Saturday, May17
Korean holding: Tuesday ,August24, 2008-Saturday, August28
Chinese holding: Wednesday,September10 ,2008 -Sunday, September14

Please see a home page for more information.


A student organization from Seoul

Themed as the cooperative structure in East Asia, a seminar was held in Komaba Campus, the Tokyo University on Feb. 8th, 2008, by the organization of international exchange at Seoul National University (hereinafter referred to as GT), supported by Japan Korea Student Forum.
In the seminar, the GT member made an announcement in both English and Korean followed by discussion groups. In the discussion, opinions of students from different countries vary, they look new to participants. This time, the GT members held the seminar with the intention of considering the cooperative structure in East Asia from the viewpoint of students, and above all, the were eager to set up a forum for active discussion with interested students who differ in culture and language. In that meaning, it was successful.

It seemed to be difficult for Korean students to hold a seminar in Tokyo, but they could solve various problems with their great energy to hold a very meaningful seminar. This seminar must have motivated participants to be socially conscious.

Mr. Kim, Chairperson of the 2nd Japan Korea Student Forum

Comment of the GT member at Seoul National University.

“We have learned about Japan in a seminar at university, but this discussion with Japanese students led us to think that Japanese students don’t think so differently from the way Korean students do.

Although there exists a difference in understanding history between the Japanese and us, we think it important to open the way to the future together. Aiming to form “Asian Community”, we hope to deepen further exchange with China as well as Japan.

On a final note we appreciate the interpreters engaged in this seminar and the members of Japan Korea Student Forum who prepared for this seminar. Please come to Korea to see us.”


What motivate them?
Japan Ethiopia Students Conference (JESC)
What is NPO Japan Ethiopia Students Conference (JESC)?

JESC was established with the hope of building the equal relationship between Japan and Ethiopia, not the one-sided relationship with assistance.

In Ethiopia, we exchange and discuss with Ethiopian students, also visit Plantation/Agriculture project Coffee field, elementary school with the support by JICA etc. In Japan, we introduce the actual circumstances of Ethiopia and the results of the project and hold the study session by students. Other than that, we open café for school festival, attend and organize various kinds of events that are relative to Ethiopia and Africa. We also collaborate with embassy to hold a coffee ceremony…and so on.

Let’s feel familiar with Ethiopia! Interview a member of JESC from Ethiopia, Esparow!!

-What is your image of Japan like?

I think Japanese has a nationality of punctuality and diligence.
I can’t believe that their economic standard was same as ours a half century ago.

-What is the dream of yourself and your friends?

I want to be the motive power for the development of our nation. By becoming a lawyer or a businessman, we have a common dream of leading the country and becoming the model of the people. I think we are the hopeful generation.

-Did anything change after knowing JESC?

I was thinking that there was only one way to solve the problems of Ethiopia which was to make an effort inside the country. But JESC made me realize that to build the favorable relationship with other countries is very important to develop our country.
In the world of globalization, it was a great chance to think about the future of Ethiopia.

-Thank you!

What about the future of ours, JESC?

We are pursuing the realization of exchange and discuss in Japan with welcoming Ethiopian students, not only that we Japanese students visit Ethiopia.
By feeling local culture, tradition, and sense of value at the original place, we will get to acquire a bigger point of view and see from both sides of aspects. This will lead to solve the problems of both of the countries.
We will keep challenging many things with students’ natural vigorous curiosity and flexibility in order to develop and prosper both countries. (President of JESC Nobuhiko Kamiya)

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