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Sustainable Happiness Report

September 20, 2015

Sustainable Happiness Report

The Happiness Research Institute released a report named Sustainable Happiness. This report aims to explore links betwee...

The Circular Economy Would Make Labour Market Situation Better

September 18, 2015

The Circular Economy Would Make Labour Market Situation Better

WRAP, a UK charity aiming to create the world in which resources are used sustainably, and the Green Alliances have publ...

How Much Does Gender Inequality Cost Women in Poor Countries?

September 16, 2015

How Much Does Gender Inequality Cost Women in Poor Countries?

International development agency ActionAid released a study which shows gender inequality in work costs women in poor co...

Advantage Local: Why Local Energy Ownership Matters

May 04, 2015

Advantage Local: Why Local Energy Ownership Matters

In September 2014, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance published "Advantage Local: Why Local Energy Ownership Matters"...

The Climate Change Performance Index 2015

May 02, 2015

The Climate Change Performance Index 2015

On 8 December 2014, Germanwatch and Climate Action Network Europe published "The Climate Change Performance Index 2015"....

Unlocking the sharing economy: an independent review from the UK

April 09, 2015

Unlocking the sharing economy: an independent review from the UK

On 26 November 2014, UK government published a report named "Unlocking the sharing economy". This report makes recommend...

The Global AgeWatch Index 2014

April 07, 2015

The Global AgeWatch Index 2014

HelpAge International published The Global AgeWatch Index 2014. This Index ranks 96 countries according to a survey of t...

The Global Green Economy Index 2014

March 09, 2015

The Global Green Economy Index 2014

In october 2014, Dual Citizen LLC published The Global Green Economy Index (GGEI) 2014. This edition integrates environm...

Greendex 2014

March 04, 2015

Greendex 2014

In September, 2014, the National Geographic Society and GlobeScan published Greendex 2014. Greendex has been published ...

The Real Britain Index

February 23, 2015

The Real Britain Index

New analysis, the Real Britain Index released by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) shows that the government's official...

Global Public Downbeat about Economy

February 20, 2015

Global Public Downbeat about Economy

In September 2014, Pew Research Center published a report entitled Global Public Downbeat about Economy. This report sur...

The Global Gender Gap Report

February 17, 2015

The Global Gender Gap Report

The Global Gender Gap Report was published by The World Economic Forum on 28 October 2014. This report contains a gender...

New Economy Week 2014

February 15, 2015

New Economy Week 2014

The second New Economy Week was held from October 13 to 19 in 2014. This week was sponsored by the New Economic Coalitio...

A primer on global economic sharing

February 04, 2015

A primer on global economic sharing

'A primer on global economic sharing,' a report released by Share The World's Resources, is a guide to economic sharing....

WHICH IS THE MOST ETHICAL BANK?

February 02, 2015

WHICH IS THE MOST ETHICAL BANK?

Jeremy Williams, a writer, project developer and freelance journalist, discusses ethical banks. In the article, he says...

The World Well-Being Project (WWBP)

January 29, 2015

The World Well-Being Project (WWBP)

The World Well-Being Project (WWBP) is a group of computer scientists, psychologists, and statisticians collaborating to...

The Global Slavery Index 2013

October 08, 2014

The Global Slavery Index 2013

Walk Free Foundation released the first edition of the Global Slavery Index in 2013. It measures the size of the modern ...

New American Dream Poll 2014

October 06, 2014

New American Dream Poll 2014

According to New American Dream's 2014 national survey, many Americans believe that it is more difficult to achieve the ...

OECD launches interactive website on regional well-being

October 03, 2014

OECD launches interactive website on regional well-being

The OECD launched a regional well-being website. This site is based on an interactive map covering 34 OECD countries and...

Beyond Storms & Droughts: The Psychological Impacts of Climate Change

September 17, 2014

Beyond Storms & Droughts: The Psychological Impacts of Climate Change

This report aims to summarize impacts of climate change on human well-being and provide leaders with the tools to both r...

Happiness Studies News from Japan

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Restoring the Abundance of the Ocean: Blue Carbon Initiatives to Curb Global Warming

November 26, 2021

Restoring the Abundance of the Ocean: Blue Carbon Initiatives to Curb Global Warming

Junko Edahiro, president of Miraisozobu (dba in English as the "For Future Company") and also president of ISHES, starte...

Local Renewable Energy Production for Local Consumption  in Odawara, Inspired by 'Houtoku' (Repaying Kindness)

October 26, 2021

Local Renewable Energy Production for Local Consumption in Odawara, Inspired by 'Houtoku' (Repaying Kindness)

Odawara is a city of about 188,000 in Kanagawa Prefecture along Japan's Pacific coast. A unique endeavor is being undert...

Kyoto Shinkin Bank Attracts Customers with  Transformed Business Model and No Sales quotas

September 27, 2021

Kyoto Shinkin Bank Attracts Customers with Transformed Business Model and No Sales quotas

What is your impression of banks and other financial institutions? For some they conjure up images of being somewhat sti...

The 'Kodomo-Shokudo' Movement -- Ever-Adapting Support for Communities in Japan

September 01, 2021

The 'Kodomo-Shokudo' Movement -- Ever-Adapting Support for Communities in Japan

Due to the spread of COVID-19 in 2020, people had to refrain from various activities. Meanwhile, throughout Japan, a mov...

Message from Junko Edahiro

August 04, 2021

Message from Junko Edahiro

At 11 a.m. on July 3 (Saturday), a landslide struck the Izusan district of my home town of Atami City. Since then nearly...

Japan's Initiatives on Plastics

August 02, 2021

Japan's Initiatives on Plastics

Marine plastic waste has become an urgent issue as some studies have suggested that there will be more plastic than fish...

Community development with Junko Edahiro's

June 28, 2021

Community development with Junko Edahiro's "Hop, Step, Jump!" approach

The president of the Institute for Studies in Happiness, Economy and Society (ISHES), Junko Edahiro, has assisted many c...

Gaining Momentum! Japan's Decarbonization Efforts

May 26, 2021

Gaining Momentum! Japan's Decarbonization Efforts

What impressions do you have about Japan's decarbonization efforts? Some readers may know that Japan has been criticized...

Creating the Future Locally: Innovative Projects by Miraisozobu (For Future Company) in Atami, Japan

April 23, 2021

Creating the Future Locally: Innovative Projects by Miraisozobu (For Future Company) in Atami, Japan

The world today is facing many problems simultaneously, such as climate change and marine microplastics pollution, resou...

Ten Years after the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan:  Messages from the Past Can Prevent Disasters Today

March 26, 2021

Ten Years after the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan: Messages from the Past Can Prevent Disasters Today

This year marks ten years since a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck Japan in March 2011. For many Japanese, ever...

A Sustainability Message Spanning Five Decades: Environmental Manga Artist Hiroshi Takatsuki (High Moon)

February 25, 2021

A Sustainability Message Spanning Five Decades: Environmental Manga Artist Hiroshi Takatsuki (High Moon)

One of Joe Biden's first acts after being inaugurated as president of the United States in January 2021 was to sign an e...

Aiming to Inspire! The Town of Kamikatsu Moves toward a Zero-Waste Society

January 27, 2021

Aiming to Inspire! The Town of Kamikatsu Moves toward a Zero-Waste Society

In using the Earth's limited resources, it is crucial that we reduce the amount of waste and promote reuse and recycling...

A Look Back at 2020 from

December 24, 2020

A Look Back at 2020 from "Beyond COVID" Website Stories, and a Look Ahead at the Post-COVID world

Who in the world could have imagined when 2020 began that the novel coronavirus would cause such havoc? The World Health...

Japan at Last Announces Goal of Net Zero GHG Emissions by 2050

November 25, 2020

Japan at Last Announces Goal of Net Zero GHG Emissions by 2050

Prime Minister Suga's Net Zero Emissions Declaration It appears that Japan has finally embarked on a serious shift towar...

Comments from Readers

November 02, 2020

Comments from Readers

We received some favorable comments on September 2020 article, " Sustainable Business through Reverse Thinking: Why a ...

Moving toward a Sustainable Society: Ethical Consumption in Japan

October 23, 2020

Moving toward a Sustainable Society: Ethical Consumption in Japan

Japan is said to lag behind other countries in terms of catching the wave of ethical consumption, but the concept has be...

Sustainable Business through Reverse Thinking:  Why a Kyoto Restaurant Stops at 100 Meals a Day

September 28, 2020

Sustainable Business through Reverse Thinking: Why a Kyoto Restaurant Stops at 100 Meals a Day

The spread of COVID-19 has impacted many restaurants, causing them to undergo a business crisis. Japan has not undertake...

'Workation' (Work + Vacation): Clear Your Mind, Boost Your Creativity

August 27, 2020

'Workation' (Work + Vacation): Clear Your Mind, Boost Your Creativity

Recently, the term "workation" has become popular in Japan. It is a coinage combining "work" and "vacation," meaning tak...

The world after COVID-19:  Surveys reveal changes among the environmentally and socially conscious people

July 30, 2020

The world after COVID-19: Surveys reveal changes among the environmentally and socially conscious people

Survey results show big contrast with general population This month's issue of the ISHES newsletter reveals the results ...

'Candle Night' Special Solstice Event in Midst of COVID-19 Pandemic

June 25, 2020

'Candle Night' Special Solstice Event in Midst of COVID-19 Pandemic

What is "Candle Night"? Have you ever heard of "Candle Night" in Japan? It is an initiative that began in 2003 to encour...

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