We support
environmental initiatives
in Japan

to support
environmental initiatives

Preserve and restore natural ecosystems.
Support local, circular, and collaborative economy.
Support permaculture, agroecology, and biomimicry.
Limite the consumption of plastic.
Raise awareness about climate change.
Protect wild species and their habitat.
Limite the negative impact of tourism on local communities.

The environmental situation in Japan

  • On a per-capita basis, Japan consumes more plastic than the European Union average and China.
  • According to the Kansai Wide Area Union, 3 million plastic bags were found in Osaka Bay and, 80% of the anchovies in Tokyo Bay contain plastic.
  • Plastic recycling in Japan mainly involves burning plastic for energy (56%) and, reusing plastic (23%).

Why is it a problem?

Burning plastics releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming. It’s also a betrayal of all the public’s efforts to sort out the waste. The only viable solution to fix the plastic problem is to drastically decrease the production and consumption of plastic.
Public education on the subject is very relevant because more awareness means more pressure on the government and everyday people to reduce their plastic use.

Status of Renewable Energy

  • The annual share of renewable energy in Japan in 2019 has increased to 18.5% from 17.4% in the previous year.
  • In terms of fossil fuel-generated power, the percentage has decreased from 78% in the previous year to 75%.
  • Nuclear power generation has increased from 4.7% in the previous year to 6.5% in 2019.

Why is it a problem?

In Europe, there are already many countries where the annual share of renewable energy power generation exceeds 30%, with Denmark reaching 84%. In many countries, the share of VRE (Variable Renewable Energy) is over 20%.
Each European country has set a high medium- to long-term target for introducing renewable energy, and some countries aim to supply electricity with 100% renewable energy by 2030. Compared to these, Japan’s target 24% is very low.

Food Waste in Japan

  • Japan trashes 6.21 million tons of perfectly edible food each year.
  • More than half the waste – 3.39 million tons – is discarded by the food industry: producers, supermarkets, and restaurants. Households account for the remainder.

Why is it a problem?

Food waste also has a significant impact on our environment. When food is wasted, resources such as water and land are being abused. When food, and produce go to waste, this implies that companies are spending millions of dollars that could have gone elsewhere. Moreover, in September of 2019, the World Resources Institute (WRI) stated that food waste has and continues to attribute approximately 8% of annual greenhouse emissions.

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What’s happening in Japan

Learn more about the environmental actions underway in Japan. Discover initiatives that are supported by the TourinJapan environmental fund.

How to make a donation?

1. Make a booking with us

For every booking made with TourinJapan we will transfer 33% of our commission to the TIJ environmental Fund.

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2. Make a donation

Your contribution to the TIJ Environment Fund supports organizers working towards environmentally sustainable communities across Japan.