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10 Everyday Tips To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions In Japan

Although we tend to picture big industries as our largest polluters, the truth is that in Tokyo only, the residential sector was the second-highest carbon-emitting sector in fiscal 2014, standing at 32%, just behind the commercial division at 36%. Both of those sectors are in an increasing trend, as the latest data on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Bureau of Environment shows.

In the outcome of the devastating March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Tokyoites were able to demonstrate how a conscious shift in their habits can make an impact — electricity demand in the region dropped significantly after damage to nuclear power plants in Fukushima following the quake led to calls for broad-based energy conservation. But now, almost seven years later, many of us are back to where we were before. It’s time to get more cautious and start doing more. Here are ten simple tips you can immediately incorporate into your daily life and help make a change.

1. Stick To Cool Biz, Warm Biz

Since 2005, Japan’s environment ministry has been running its annual Cool Biz campaign, asking people to aim for a summertime room temperature of 28 degrees Celsius, while its winter Warm Biz approach calls for offices and homes to target 20 degrees. The campaign further advises practicing kazoku danran, or family members spending time together. If the family is all in the same room, you only have to heat (or cool) one place. Two birds with one stone!

2. Turn off your toilet seat heater

The heated toilet seat is probably our favorite modern Japanese gadget, but as much as we love it, overusing it is not good for the environment. You can …continue reading


Fujifilm’s X-H1 camera adds top video chops to X Series still shooting prowess

Fujifilm’s mirrorless lineup of X Series cameras has an excellent reputation, especially thanks to their ability to produce great-looking images comparable to full-frame competitors from crop sensors due to their unique image processing. Among still photographers, the X-Pro 2 and X-T2 especially have earned top marks and even replaced the standard Canon and Nikon gear of more than a… Read More

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