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Troubled NaturesWaste, Environment, Japan$
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Peter Wynn Kirby

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834289

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834289.001.0001

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Constructing Sustainable Japan

Constructing Sustainable Japan

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(p.160) Chapter 8 Constructing Sustainable Japan
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Troubled Natures
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Peter Wynn Kirby

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834289.003.0008

This chapter examines efforts to promote sustainable lifestyles and waste processes in Japan. It first considers the Western origins of the contemporary idea of sustainability before discussing areas of sustainability with which Japan has long been uncooperative (such as whaling) within the context of environmental policy. It then assesses the importance of gaiatsu (outside international pressure) in Japan and its influence on Japanese policymaking. It also takes a look at the business of recycling by focusing on a start-up company and how the state's ambitious waste strategies played out on the ground in Tokyo. Finally, it analyzes the community-level response to Japan's vision of a pragmatic “sustainability” adapted to Japanese needs and with a particular emphasis on utilizing waste to produce energy.

Keywords:   sustainable lifestyle, waste, Japan, sustainability, environmental policy, gaiatsu, recycling, Tokyo, energy

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