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Sustainability Indicators in Japan

Japan is an island nation and because of its rarity of natural resources, must be more carefuly about its policies than resource rich nations such as the US or some European countries. They have a thriving sustainability search in all corners of the Japanese society.

Japan for Sustainability (JFS) has chosen 20 headline indicators for sustainability based on an analysis of over 200 data sets in several sustainability-related categories. This is the first ever numerical evaluation / trial calculation of national sustainability for Japan.

Four areas have been identified, with multiple indicators in each area:

  • Nature: Greater awareness is needed

  • Economy: Massive debt threatens future generations

  • Society: Women's participation is up, but traditional industry is down

  • Well-being: Overall high figures are tainted by high suicide rates.

    The Japan for Sustainability website has launched a kids' "Create Your Future" Website with an aim to encourage children worldwide to take interes

    Visit this international site at:

    Some of the provocative ideas discussed include:

    How we learn from nature.

    By learning from animals and plants in nature, through our wonderment of nature's marvelous power and interest in learning something from it we will become humbly aware that humans are not the only important creature on the planet.

    This awareness is the key to solving global environmental problems.

  • How to have a car without owning it.
  • How to create a city without automobiles.
  • Earth-friendly ways to help people save money.
  • Buying the function, not the product itself.
  • How to create and keep up good habits.
  • Ways to create an eco-friendly lifestyle.

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