Hiratsuka: A Day At The Beach


Hiratsuka Beach, not a favorite of destinations in Japan.

Summertime is here! It’s time to take a stroll along Hiratsuka Beach. Japan’s oceanic wasteland.

Hiratsuka’s shoreline, and the Sagami River that flows into the Pacific Ocean is one of Japan’s environmental disaster. Not long ago, where the Sagami River flowed into the Pacific Ocean, was a beautiful estuary, teeming with life. Today, the estuary is gone, and the location is a toxic dumping ground for marinas, and chemical plants situated along the river. Other businesses that contribute to the disaster are several golf courses that leech nitrates, and other chemicals in the form of run off that originated as fertilizers. Japanese nationals have to look no farther than this location to readily understand that Japan’s beaches are not tourist destinations, and never will be.

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 attached Hiratsuka photo gallery, and let the “senior policy coordinator,” and the “more than 1200 staff, who operate in seven regional offices,” know how you feel about their stellar oversight, and staunch implementation of Japan’s environmental laws.

View the following gallery to get a true perspective on the bogus cleanliness lore that has been attached to the Japanese people. © 2017 Stack Jones All Rights Reserved.

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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