Chigasaki: Honolulu’s “Sister City”

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The shores of Chigasaki. Honolulu’s sister city!

According to this government website, the people of Chigasaki City, “shine in the sea.” The following text comes from this link. “We are from Chigasaki, the sister city of Honolulu. Chigasaki is blessed with rich nature, and people who live in Chigasaki can enjoy the customs, and cultures that are similar to the ones in Honolulu, such as surfing and Hula. We would like to deepen our friendship with Honolulu and keep exchanging cultures for our children of the future.”

The photography presented in this exposé shows that, regardless of whatever message the writers of the text above had intended to portray about Chigasaki,  unless the city, and surrounding cities act immediately to address the excessive pollution, waste, and toxic environment that Chigasaki truly is, there will be no future for their children.

Chigasaki has one of the most polluted shores in the entire world. The southeast wind that blows off of the Pacific is thick with the stench of toxic chemicals, and bleaching agents that are used in an attempt to mask the noxious odors. The Sagami River mouth, and the endless storm drains, have all but bled the shores of Chigasaki of any  semblance of life. Give Chigasaki another decade, and the beaches will be closed, and covered in signs that warn, entering the ocean is a hazardous risk to one’s health.

The city of Chigasaki really knows how to throw an event. On July 29th, 2017, Chigasaki held a “beach festival.” All public parking was chained shut, and the only pubic bathroom anywhere near the area was boarded shut as well. The closure of the showers resulted in several hundred people having no place to clean the sand, saltwater, and pollution off of their body, after swimming in Chigasaki’s polluted shores. Numerous festival goers, mostly drunkards, used the shower drains as urinals. Chigasaki city had an entire year to plant for this event, and failed miserably. The negligent manner in which the city of Chigasaki operated this festival is but one example of how poorly managed the entire country really is.

The following is a message from The Ministry of Environment, Japan.

The Ministry of Environment (MOE) of Japan promotes policies towards establishing a sustainable society. The MOE takes a lead role, and plays a proactive part in promoting environmental policies across the government, through the implementation of the basic environment plan.

MOE aims to promotes policies for waste management, pollution control, nature conservation, and wildlife protection on its own, and to promote in collaboration with other line ministries measures to address global warming, ozone layer protection, recycling, chemical management, marine pollution control, forest/vegetated land/river/lake-wetland conservation, environmental impact assessment, and the monitoring of radioactive substance.

MOE implements a wide range of environmental laws including the Law on the Promotion of Measures to Cope with Global Warming of 1998 and the Basic Act for Establishing a Sound Material-Cycle Society of 2000. MOE has pioneered the market-based mechanisms to promote assured and cost-effective green house gases emission reductions. MOE has launched the Japan Voluntary Emissions Trading Scheme (JVETS) in 2005 and implements a policy mix that includes government subsidy to install facilities for emission reductions, third-party verification of emissions, and trading of surplus emission credits.

To expand the scope of environmental cooperation and to develop human resources, MOE conduct training courses for experts, and staff of the central and local governments from Japan and foreign countries, through the National Environmental Research and Training Institute (NETI).

MOE also promotes research and technology development (such as that of the Marine Ecology Research Institute, Tokyo Japan, through various institutes and programs. The National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) conducts studies on environmental conservation technologies, and provides support for research on global environmental conservation. MOE supports the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) for conducting pragmatic and innovative strategic policy research for promoting sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific. The other research programmes that MOE support for promoting international environmental cooperation includes the Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) that aims to foster global change research and strengthen interactions between the scientific community and policy makers.

Presently, MOE has more than 1,200 staff and operates seven regional offices in addition to the central office in Tokyo. Japan MOE has been a member of AECEN since 2006 and officially represented by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies in AECEN.

For more information about Japan’s Ministry of Environment, please contact:

Atsuhiro Yoshinaka,
Senior Policy Coordinator
Global Environment Bureau
Ministry of the Environment, Japan
1-2-2 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8975, Japan
Telephone: +81 3-3581-3351 (Ext. 6720) or (Direct) +81 3-5521-8243
Email: atsuhiro_yoshinaka@env.go.jp

View the Chigasaki Beach photo gallery below, and let the “senior policy coordinator,” know how you feel about their stellar oversight, and staunch implementation of Japan’s environmental laws.

Stack Jones is an award winning writer, photographer and musician. In contrast to his music, Stack’s social, religious and political commentaries are scathing. He simply tells it like it is, without allowing external influences to mar his perspective. For more information visit http://stackjones.com.

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