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February 2009

Eco-Model Cities

To implement the low-carbon society on a global scale, action based on international collaboration is indispensable, but measures linked to urban development, such as urban lifestyle changes and improvements to urban functional and traffic systems, are also essential. Taking this viewpoint, the Japanese government has launched an Eco-Model Cities initiative, in July 2008 selecting six municipalities from among scores of applications to receive appropriate budgetary support. With a focus on three of the selected Eco-Model Cities, beginning with Minamata, Yamada Masaki reports.
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Breakthroughs in Bamiyan
Since it established the Trust Fund for the Preservation of the World Cultural Heritage in UNESCO in 1989, Japan has expended some 49 million dollars (as of the end of 2005), participating in work on thirty-two heritage sites in twenty-five countries. Maeda Kosaku zooms in on Japan's preservation and restoration activities on the Bamiyan site in Afghanistan, in which work he has been actively involved.
ERIA: The Region Expects
The Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) held its first Governing Board Meeting at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta on June 3, marking the official launch of the organization. So what is ERIA and what does it plan to research? Chief Economist of ERIA and Keio University Professor Kimura Fukunari comments.
Kikkoman of the World
The Medicine of the Future
Nakatsuji Norio, director of Kyoto University's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (ICeMS), outlines the progress being made in stem cell research and explains how such work will impact the field of regenerative medicine.
Simple Is Best
Fostering the development of "kids design," writes Arakawa Ryu, is leading to the development of innovative, attractive product designs for children and adults alike.