JAPAN Forward Association, Inc. has launched “Japan 2 Earth” – an inclusive platform to share information on what Japan is doing to address global and regional sustainability challenges and to encourage conversations on the SDGs in Japan And in the world.
According to a press release from JAPAN Forward, the website is being launched amid growing impacts from climate change, a global energy crisis, war in Ukraine and the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, he notes that nearly half of the time spent on achieving responsible consumption and production, sustainable cities and communities, affordable and clean energy, and gender equality , among other global goals, has already passed. With Japan ranking 19th in the world on the SDG Index, there is work to be done for “the country, our neighborhood and the world,” the press release said.
Japan 2 Earth’s slogan is “Sparking a Transition to the Future”. The website logo is a green pheasant – the national bird of Japan – matching the colors of the SDGs. Its content will include reports, insights, technologies, local and corporate initiatives, exclusive interviews, company profiles and policies covering priority areas of Japanese technology, Earth diversity, climate change and clean energy.
“Japan’s efforts on the SDGs range from innovative technologies and systems to traditional ways of using and protecting the environment that are just waiting to be rediscovered,” said the platform’s editor-in-chief, Susan Yoshimura, describing the reasons for the launch. “We hope to trigger actions not just in Japan, but around the world,” she said.
“We want to create a platform where people can share information so that new connections can be born,” said JAPAN Forward editor Yasuo Naito. “We also think it’s essential to share some of the things that Japan has done that a lot of people don’t hear about,” he said.
JAPAN Forward is a foreign language website featuring news, analysis, commentary and opinion pieces on Japan. It is managed by JAPAN Forward association, Inc. [Japan 2 Earth] [Japan 2 Earth Press Release] [Japan Forward Press Release]