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Feb 22 (Mon ), 2010

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Check out OJ on Twitter

Feb 22 (Mon ), 2010

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Mar. 14 Wine and Cheese Charity Fundraiser

Feb 19 (Fri ), 2010

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Snow Splash 2010 in Hakuba, Feb. 27

Feb 19 (Fri ), 2010

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Japan's First Bike-Sharing Service Ready to Roll in Toyama City

Feb 16 (Tue ), 2010

While bike-sharing services are becoming more common in major cities in Europe and the U.S., Toyama will be the first to introduce such a full-scale system in Japan. A total of 150 bicycles will be installed at 15 self-service stations in the central part of the city. Pre-registration is required to use the service, and registered users can pick up and return bicycles at any time at any rental station. The service will be operated by Cyclocity, Inc., which was established as a subsidiary of JCDecaux, a French outdoor advertising company, with the aim of specializing in providing bike-sharing services in Japan. JCDecaux has managed bike-sharing services in 64 European cities, and boasts the largest number (42,000) of rental bicycles in the world. Cyclocity plans to open an office in Toyama City to operate services such as the repair, maintenance, and re-distribution of bicycles between the stations. [Newsletter] Using Bicycles Efficiently to Create a Sustainable Society No.53 (January 2007) http://www.japanfs.org/en/mailmagazine/newsletter/pages/ 027820.html Cyclocity Inc. official website http://en.cyclocity.jp/misc/construction.html (Courtesy of Japan for Sustainability)

Greenland Requests Humpback Kill Quota

Feb 16 (Tue ), 2010

Greenland Requests Humpback Kill Quota By Hardy Jones There is a new and serious threat to humpback whales, some of the most beloved animals on earth. The whales under the gun are those that migrate as far as Greenland along the eastern seaboard of North America. At the latest meeting of the International Whaling Commission Denmark requested a quota of fifty humpbacks for Greenland to kill as part of its aboriginal hunt. What is strange about the request is that Greenland agreed to reduce its take of minke and fin whales which is already allowed by the IWC. Greenland will thus net less whale meat while infuriating millions of people who love humpbacks, many of them by personally seeing them along the coasts of New England and the Maritime Provinces of Canada. It is my belief that Japan is behind this move. Japan tried to get a quota to hunt humpbacks in the Antarctic last year but withdrew the request in the face of international outrage. What can we do to stop the hunt of humpback whales? Contact the U.S. White House and ask President Obama to take a strong stand on behalf of whales and to particularly oppose the quota for humpbacks. If this quota is granted to Greenland, Japan will then demand its own quota and the threat to this highly endangered species will expand. Contact U.S. President Obama Link  to http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ Contact the Danish Prime Minister at stm@stm.dk (From BlueVoice.org)

Sake Brewed from Restored Paddy Field Rice Wins Biodiversity Award

Feb 16 (Tue ), 2010

Image by Japan for Sustainability Japan's Ministry of the Environment and the AEON Environmental Foundation established the Japan Awards for Biodiversity to recognize biodiversity conservation projects conducted by private organizations, business enterprises, and municipalities. Eight leading projects were selected for the prize for excellence in the first set of awards on September 10, 2009, and the Grand Prix went to a project titled "The conservation of Yatsuda in cooperation with local companies" on October 9. The project also received the prize for excellence in the category of Sustainable Use of Biodiversity in a Specific Area. The project is being carried out by the Asaza Fund and two Japanese sake brewers, Shiragiku Shuzo Co. and Tanaka Shuzoten Co. They joined forces to restore an abandoned "yatsuda" (rice paddy on low-lying land) in a unique way, by brewing sake using the rice produced on the restored paddy. They also use a portion of the profits from the sales of the sake to further improve the paddy, establish a network with companies, and implement environment-conscious agriculture in restored paddies with the cooperation of various groups in the community, including companies and volunteers from the brewers. Their unique approach to brewing Japanese sake from rice produced in the restored paddy, which utilizes the local brewers' expertise in producing sake and takes advantage of human resources and economic support from various companies, was chosen for the Grand Prix as an example of the sustainable use of biodiversity. Ministry of the Environment official website http://www.env.go.jp/en/ (Courtesy of Japan for Sustainabiity)

Mar. 14 Wine and Cheese Charity Fundraiser

Feb 16 (Tue ), 2010

Mar. 14 Wine and Cheese Charity Fundraiser in Fujisawa. Proceeds will go to the Earth Day (April 18th) Beach Clean-up at Kugenuma Kaigan. LINKS March 14th Wine and Cheese Charity Fundraiser Last October's Beach Clean-up Facebook Page

Snow Splash 2010 in Hakuba, Feb. 27

Feb 16 (Tue ), 2010

Tickets are still available for Snow Splash 2010 in Hakuba. Join one of the bus tours with Tokyo Snow Club (www.tokyosnowclub.com) or Kansai Snow Club (www.kansaisnowclub.com)  to join the fun or buy tickets online at www.reggaesnowsplash.com Powder inna day, Louder inna night!