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Japanse voedselcrisis

Japan is zwaar afhankelijk van voedselimport. Zelfs 80 procent van een traditioneel gerecht zoals tempura soba komt uit het buitenland. Het Japanse Ministerie van Agricultuur, Bosbouw and Visserijen presenteert dit probleem in deze gave infographic video geproduceerd door Groovisions.

MAFF • Friday October 3, 2008 • Reageer

Japan's Food Crisis

Japan is highly depended on food imports. Even 80% of a traditional dish like tempura soba comes from abroad. Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries presents the problem in this really cool infographic video produced by Groovisions.

MAFF • Friday October 3, 2008 • Add Comment

Drukke Japanse kinderen

Als je denkt dat jij het druk hebt, kijk dan naar dit NHK-programma over de super-drukke schema’s van Japanse kinderen. Wat denken hun ouders, vraag ik me af…

NHK • Friday March 28, 2008 • Reageer

Busy Japanese Kids

If you think that you are busy, watch this NHK program about the super busy schedules of Japanese kids. What are their parents thinking, I wonder?

NHK • Friday March 28, 2008 • Add Comment

Japanese Farmer-Philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka: Natural Farming Greening the Deserts

Rice Paddy

(by Yuriko Yoneda) – A farming method called ‘natural farming’ needs no tilling, no fertilizers, no pesticides, and no weeding. For about 60 years, Masanobu Fukuoka, Japan’s renowned authority on natural farming, worked on methods based on his own unique theories, insights and philosophy. His seminal book, “One-Straw Revolution,” first published in 1975, was later translated into English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian and other languages, and has been read around the world. The book addresses not only the practical aspects of natural farming but also the root causes of environmental deterioration. Fukuoka’s thoughts and philosophies have inspired many people worldwide by pointing out a way of life. Here we introduce his thought and practices.

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Japan for Sustainability • Wednesday June 21, 2006 • Add Comment [1]

Japanese Dolphin Drive Hunts: Right or Wrong?

Dolphin in Taiji

On the coast of the small Japanese town of Taiji some ten fishing boats are bobbing quietly up and down on the quiet waves. Fishermen on the boats beat on long metal poles which are stuck into the water. At the end of each pipe is a metal disc which drives the noise into the water like a loudspeaker. About five dolphins flee away from the terrifying sound, in front of the bows of the boats. For hundreds of years this dolphin hunt has been taking place. Now it has to stop say nature activists.

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• Friday October 7, 2005 •

An Island of Ghosts


Off the coast of the Japanese city of Nagasaki lies a terrifying symbol of shortsighted development. Out of the dark blue East China Sea rises a dead island covered with dilapidated concrete buildings. Forms of life are absent. No people, no animals. However, in the not so distant past more than five thousand inhabitants lived here. The voices of children echoed from the houses, laughter sounded in the streets. Now only dead concrete is left. This is the island Hashima, once the most densely populated place in the world.

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• Tuesday August 24, 2004 • Add Comment