The aim of this page is to recognise, celebrate and encourage the self-empowerment of community agency networks (CANs) and community groups across Japan.

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Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

Events[edit | edit source]

Regular events: Japan Green Drinks, listings for 5 cities

Indigenous Peoples[edit | edit source]

AINU: Indigenous Peoples in Japan
Authors: United Nations
Date: 2017-07-24

Ecovillages[edit | edit source]


Konohana Family, Japan, link updated 11:43, 8 September 2022 (UTC)

Climate action[edit | edit source]

Biodiversity[edit | edit source]

Trees, woodland and forest[edit | edit source]

Community energy[edit | edit source]


Fukushima Community Power Declaration

Ethical consumerism[edit | edit source]

Buy Nothing Day

Food activism[edit | edit source]

Solar cooking resources in Japan

Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit | edit source]


Recycling in Japan - Kamikatsu waste management

Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]

Urban sustainability[edit | edit source]

ACROS Fukuoka building - Tokyo DIY Gardening, Hands-on gardening for a crowded city

Resources[edit | edit source]

Citizens data initiative[edit | edit source]

Other resources[edit | edit source]

Near you[edit | edit source]

About Japan[edit | edit source]

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Japan is an island country in East Asia, located in the Pacific Ocean off the northeast coast of the Asian mainland. It is bordered on the west by the Sea of Japan and extends from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea in the south. The Japanese archipelago consists of four major islands—Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu—and thousands of smaller islands, covering around 380,000 square kilometres (150,000 sq mi). With a population of more than 125 million as of 2020, Japan is the 11th most populous country. Tokyo is its capital and largest city. Japan is divided into 47 administrative prefectures and eight traditional regions. About three-quarters of the country's terrain is mountainous and heavily forested, concentrating its agriculture and highly urbanized population along its eastern coastal plains. Greater Tokyo is the world's most populous metropolitan area, with more than 38 million inhabitants as of 2016. Part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, Japan's islands are prone to destructive earthquakes and tsunamis.

The first known habitation of the archipelago dates to the Upper Paleolithic, with the beginning Japanese Paleolithic dating to circa 36,000 BC. Between the fourth and sixth centuries, its kingdoms were united under an emperor in Nara, and later Heian-kyō. From the 12th century, actual power was held by military dictators (shōgun) and feudal lords (daimyō), and enforced by warrior nobility (samurai). After rule by the Kamakura and Ashikaga shogunates and a century of warring states, Japan was unified in 1600 by the Tokugawa shogunate, which implemented an isolationist foreign policy. In 1853, a United States fleet forced Japan to open trade to the West, which led to the end of the shogunate and the restoration of imperial power in 1868. In the Meiji period, the Empire of Japan pursued rapid industrialization and modernization, as well as militarism and overseas colonization. In 1937, Japan invaded China, and in 1941 attacked the United States and European colonial powers, entering World War II as an Axis power. After suffering defeat in the Pacific War and two atomic bombings, Japan surrendered in 1945 and came under Allied occupation. After the war, the country underwent rapid economic growth, although its economy has stagnated since 1990.

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Keywords island countries, ecovillages
Authors Phil Green
License CC-BY-SA-3.0
Language English (en)
Related 0 subpages, 5 pages link here
Aliases Japan
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Created January 28, 2014 by Phil Green
Modified July 1, 2024 by Phil Green
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