The sharing economy is gaining a great deal of focus globally and is seen to be one of the fastest growing business sectors in most developed economies. However, in Japan, despite continued and steady growth in recent years, it is still in its infancy when compared to other major economies
At the Asaka Water Purification Plant in Saitama prefecture, which borders on Tokyo, a test is being conducted to verify whether hydrogen, a by-product from manufacturing chlorine, can be used to power an electric car. In the process of separating salt water in order to create the chlorine (sodium hypochlorite),
Founded in 1997, NihonMtecs is a manufacturer of interior decoration materials and what makes this company especially interesting is that the primary ingredients of all their products are recycled and organic, such as egg shells and cork. Recently added to their select portfolio of natural products is the “Egg Tile” (エッグタイル).
The Nissan Leaf electric car was launched in 2010 and has been gaining popularity ever since. However, one implication of the success of the Leaf and other electric vehicles has been the throughput of valuable resources needed to make each battery. To compound the issue, the battery has a useful lifespan of about 100,000
On May 11th, Canon announced that its new printer toner and ink cartridge reprocessing plant had been brought on line. Canon invested 60bn yen in the new system which provides a 50% increase in throughput compared to its previous facilities. As a result, Canon is now able to extract, annually,
Japan is a densely populated country with limited natural resources where recycling materials has had to be a part of everyday life. However, the idea of using second hand products has been slow to catch on – until recently even “second hand houses” were relatively unusual. Traditionally products would be