Climate Change Adaptation Information Platform(A-PLAT)


Interviews with local personnel are introduced by local adaptation plans, adaptation measures, and local adaptation center categories.

December 28, 2022
Adaptation measures Vol.41
A.F. Building Management Co., Ltd. / Uchiyama Landscape Construction Co., Ltd.

The Greening of ACROS Fukuoka, an “Urban Mountain”

ACROS Fukuoka is a public–private complex that was established in 1995 on the site of the former Fukuoka Prefectural Government Building in Fukuoka City’s central Tenjin district as a hub of international, cultural and information exchange.
October 21, 2022
Local Adaptation Center Vol.27
Tokyo Metropolis

Local Climate Change Adaptation Center Written Interview(Tokyo Metropolis)

Situated in the Kanto Plain, Tokyo Metropolis consists of the wards that are clustered facing toward Tokyo Bay, the Tama area comprising the capital’s central and western portions, and the insular area made up of the Izu and Ogasawara Islands. Excluding the insular area, Tokyo’s western part is mostly mountains, while the center part mainly has hilly terrain, with the eastern part consisting of plateaus and lowlands.
March 16, 2022
Local Adaptation Center Vol.17
Kagawa Prefecture

Local Climate Change Adaptation Center Written Interview(Kagawa Prefecture)

Kagawa Prefecture is historically known for its year-round warm temperature and low precipitation, which are typical characteristics of the Seto Inland Sea climate, with relatively low natural disaster incidence. In recent years, however, the prefecture has seen unprecedented occurrences of heavy rain, high heat, and other extreme weather events resulting in significant amounts of reported damage.
February 28, 2022
Local Adaptation Center Vol.14
Kawasaki City

Local Climate Change Adaptation Center Written Interview(Kawasaki City)

Kawasaki City is situated along the Tama River and has an elongated shape from north to south. While the municipality’s south end bordering the sea is a major industrial area where many factories, plants, and other business operations are located, its northern area including the Tama Hills and Ikuta Ryokuchi Park has abundant vegetation, so there is quite a contrast between the municipality’s two ends in the extent of urbanization.
March 31, 2022
Local Adaptation Center Vol.23
Hokkaido Prefecture

Local Climate Change Adaptation Center Written Interview(Hokkaido Prefecture)

Located on the northernmost end of the Japanese Archipelago, Hokkaido has an area of 83,424 km2 (as of January 1, 2020), comprising roughly 22.1% of Japan’s territory. While about a half of the prefecture consists of mountainous areas, the ratio is actually lower compared to the rest of the country.
September 2, 2022
Local Adaptation Center Vol.25
Toda City

Local Climate Change Adaptation Center Written Interview(Toda City)

Situated in the southern part of Saitama Prefecture and bordering Tokyo with the Arakawa River in between, Toda City is a flourishing community with abundant aquatic and plant resources, with lush green areas scattered across the municipality, along with the Toda Boat Course and large public parks and rest areas where families can play.
October 4, 2022
Local Adaptation Center Vol.26

Local Climate Change Adaptation Center Written Interview(Kyoto)

In terms of geography, Kyoto is a prefecture with an elongated shape extending from northwest to southeast, with a length of roughly 150 km and an average width of about 40 km, with the Tango Peninsula at its north tip projecting into the Sea of Japan, and the Yamashiro Mountains in the south edge bordering Nara and Mie Prefectures.
February 4, 2022
Local Adaptation Center Vol.11
Yamagata Prefecture

Local Climate Change Adaptation Center Written Interview(Yamagata Prefecture)

Yamagata Prefecture is divided into four regions called Murayama, Okitama, Mogami, and Shonai, each of which has distinct topography that is mainly a basin, mountainous, or coastal, giving them different meteorological and climatic characteristics. As such, the people living in each of these regions might have a different perception of what climate change is and what it means to them, so we believe it will be important for us to implement a set of adaptation measures that are suitable for each region.
February 18, 2022
Local Adaptation Center Vol.12
Chiba Prefecture

Local Climate Change Adaptation Center Written Interview(Chiba Prefecture)

Chiba Prefecture is surrounded by the sea on three sides and has a temperate climate. Its topography mostly consists of flat terrain except for the Boso Hill Range comprised of a series of mountains, and the prefecture’s average altitude is 45 m, qualifying it as the lowest prefecture in Japan.
March 29, 2022
Local Adaptation Center Vol.22
Nagano Prefecture

Local Climate Change Adaptation Center Written Interview(Nagano Prefecture)

In Nagano’s case, the Nagano Environmental Conservation Research Institute – one of the prefecture’s research bodies – is responsible for survey and research activities to assess and monitor the state of the climate change occurring mainly in the prefecture and its effects on the prefecture’s natural environment.
November 11, 2021
Local Adaptation Center Vol.9
Edogawa City

First Local Climate Change Adaptation Center opens in Tokyo Metropolis.

Edogawa City is a municipality situated by the estuaries of the Arakawa River and the Edo River with fairly flat topography. Because groundwater was widely extracted in the area from the Taisho period through the early Showa period, the ground has sunk two to three meters from the original level, creating the issue of its land surface lower than sea level. So about 30 to 40 years ago, even small rainfalls would result in inundations.
February 8, 2022
Local Adaptation Center Vol.13
Kanagawa Prefecture

Local Climate Change Adaptation Center Written Interview(Kanagawa Prefecture)

While Kanagawa Prefecture is one of the smallest prefectures of Japan in terms of land area, it has such diverse natural and social environment. As such, each of the regions that comprise the prefecture is thought to manifest the effects of climate change differently, from coast to mountains and cities to farming villages.
March 18, 2022
Local Adaptation Center Vol.18
Fukuoka Prefecture

Local Climate Change Adaptation Center Written Interview(Fukuoka Prefecture)

Comprised of a well-balanced and robust mixture of the primary through tertiary industrial sectors, Fukuoka Prefecture offers a pleasant and inviting environment, with its temperate climate and abundant nature that provides fresh and diverse food sources from the sea and land, complete with superb medical services and other urban functions. Meanwhile, the impact of climate change has been manifesting in recent years, in the form of major disasters caused by cloudbursts frequently occurring in summer, for instance.
Video posted on October 8, 2021 / April 19, 2019
Local Adaptation Center Vol.2
Ibaraki Prefecture

Coevolution between research on climate change adaptation and education

Ibaraki University set up the Institute for Global Change Adaptation Science (ICAS) in 2006, aiming at presenting adaptation technologies, policies and visions based on predictions of climate change impacts.
June 24, 2021
Adaptation measures Vol.27
Kochi Prefecture

Coral Conservation Activities in the Pacific Side of Shikoku Coasts

This is an interview with Mr. Mezaki, the director of the Kuroshio Biological Research Institute, and other members of the staff working on ecosystem conservation and research surveys in Kochi Prefecture and the Pacific side of Shikoku Coasts.
June 24, 2021
Adaptation measures Vol.26
Toyama Prefecture

“Fufufu” the rice variety resistant to high temperatures

This is an interview with Mr. Yuichiro Kojima, from the Breeding Section of the Agricultural Research Institute, regarding wet-land rice which has already experienced climate change impacts in the field of agriculture.
May 27, 2021
Adaptation measures Vol.22
Gifu Prefecture

The Nagara River and Climate Change Gifu University Regional Adaptation Research Center

“Sweetfish of the clear stream of the Nagara River,” a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage certified in 2015, has been highly evaluated as the “Nagara River System” that is formed upon deep involvement and interactions of agriculture, forestry, inland fishery, commerce, and tourism with satokawa (a river that enriches the lives of people in the basin through proper management) as the keyword.
February 1, 2021
Adaptation measures Vol.25
Shiga Prefecture

Distinctive “Area Safety Map” by Shiga Prefecture Which Also Visualizes the Risks of Rainfall Inundation

When river improvement has not progressed in Shiga Prefecture before, small inundations occurred frequently, and residents lived with awareness that this is an area where flood damages occurred to some extent. Later, the frequency of flood damages decreased as river improvement advanced. This was a good thing, but at the same time it led to an issue that the sense of danger might fade away from the residents’ mind.
December 10, 2020
Local Adaptation Center Vol.8
Gifu Prefecture

Joint Operation by the Prefecture and a University! Gifu Prefecture Climate Change Adaptation Center

Gifu Prefecture and Gifu University participated in the “Social Implementation Program on Climate Change Adaptation Technology (SI-CAT),” a program implemented by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as a model municipality for 5 years from FY 2015 to FY 2019. As the Climate Change Adaptation Act took effect in FY 2018, the “Gifu Prefecture Climate Change Adaptation Center” was established in April 2020 in a form of joint operation by the prefecture and the university by utilizing the cooperation system that was already established.
December 3, 2020
Adaptation measures Vol.20

Changes in Cultivation of Wine Grapes and Wineries Caused by Climate Change

I learned about grape cultivation and winemaking in Europe, and came home in 1978 to establish a winery company in Otaru with my uncle. While the company is located in Otaru, the vineyard is located in Urausu Town, which is 60 km northeast of Sapporo. We worked really hard to successfully cultivate the approximately 400 saplings of 40 breeds that were gifted from the German government.
October 5, 2020
Adaptation plan Vol.8
Toyama Prefecture

“New Toyama Stop Global Warming Program” Which Utilizes Scientific Findings

Toyama Prefecture has beautiful and rich natural environment, including the Tateyama Mountain Range with mountains of 3000 m-class elevations, mysterious Toyama Bay, which is a member of the “World’s Most Beautiful Bays Club,” and forests of the highest vegetation naturalness in Honshu, and is especially characterized by the rich and clear aquatic environments.
宮崎県Adaptation measures(Vol.17)
January 20, 2020
Adaptation measures Vol.17
Miyazaki Prefecture

Seeking happiness for both cows and people

Miyazaki Prefecture located in southeastern Kyushu is called “Nihon no Hinata (Japan’s sunny place).” Miyazaki is among the top-ranked prefectures in daylight hours and the number of clear days.
November 11, 2019
Local Adaptation Center Vol.3
Miyazaki Prefecture

The first climate change adaptation center in Kyushu

The center consists of the Environment and Forestry Department, Public Health and Environmental Science Research Office, Agriculture and Fisheries Global Warming Research Center, Forestry Technology Center and departments of the prefectural government.
November 6, 2019
Adaptation plan Vol.7
Shizuoka Prefecture

Promoting adaptation with three integrated approaches

Shizuoka Prefecture formulated the “Shizuoka Prefecture Policy on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation” in March 2019 in accordance with the Climate Change Adaptation Act.
静岡県Adaptation measures(Vol.16)
September 24, 2019)
Adaptation measures Vol.16
Shizuoka Prefecture

Thinking of enriched Shizuoka in 100 years’ time

Museum of Natural and Environmental History, Shizuoka has an exhibition on climate change adaptation, the first of its kind in the country.
三重県Adaptation measures(Vol.14)
July 4, 2019
Adaptation measures Vol.14
Mie Prefecture

“Kaorino,” ultra-early season strawberry resistant to anthracnose

Strawberry is the Mie Prefecture’s important farm produce that is the second largest in gross production . The Mie Prefectural Agricultural Research Institute has worked on the development of a strawberry variety resistant to anthracnose causing great damage across the country since around 1990.
滋賀県Local Adaptation Center(Vol.1)
April 11, 2019
Local Adaptation Center Vol.1
Shiga Prefecture

Striving for sustainable “Healthy Shiga”

Shiga Prefecture sets sustainable “Healthy Shiga” as a goal and is striving for the health of our residents and communities and the environment, which sustains them. We are also working for climate change adaptation while paying attention to the SDGs and international trends including the Paris Agreement.
神奈川県横浜市Adaptation plan(Vol.3)
April 18, 2018
Adaptation plan Vol.3
Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture

Aiming for safe and secure city adapted to climate change from an international viewpoint

Yokohama has pioneered the efforts to develop adaptation measures to climate change impacts ahead of the national government and other local governments. In March 2014, the city revised the “Yokohama City Action Plan for Global Warming Countermeasures” and announced promotion of adaptation measures. In June 2017, the city formulated the “Yokohama City Climate Change Adaptation Strategy.
徳島県Adaptation measures(Vol.8)
March 6, 2018
Adaptation measures Vol.8
Tokushima Prefecture

Efforts by the “birthplace of sea turtle conservation” to increase hatchability with measures against temperature rise

The Ohama Coast of Hiwasa in Tokushima Prefecture is a 500-meter long sandy beach stretching in a gradual arc. Between late May and mid-August every year, loggerhead turtles come to the beach to lay eggs. In this area, where the whole community has engaged in conservation efforts for more than half a century, a challenge of “a decline in the hatchability” is arising.
兵庫県Adaptation measures(Vol.7)
March 6, 2018
Adaptation measures Vol.7
Hyogo Prefecture

Wakame seaweed farmers produces seedlings for themselves utilizing advanced technology.

In the Maruyama district of the Minami Awaji Fisheries Cooperative in Hyogo Prefecture, a leading production area of farmed wakame seaweed (Undaria pinnatifida) in Japan, the wakame seaweed farmers are tackling artificial culture of seedlings, facing their shortage due to global warming. Advanced technology developed in a laboratory was put into practice. Behind that were enthusiasm of the farmers and researchers and support by the community. Their challenge started for stable supply of seedlings is leading to creation of a new brand of wakame seaweed.
兵庫県Adaptation measures(Vol.6)
February 22, 2018
Adaptation measures Vol.6
Hyogo Prefecture

“Phoenix Mutual Aid” to protect daily living and the region from natural disasters

Northern Kyushu flood disaster in 2017 caused by record torrential rain destroyed more than 1,300 houses totally or partially. According to RCP scenarios, the number of occurrences of torrential rain (an hourly rainfall of more than 50 ㎜) is expected to increase in the future. If greenhouse gases continue to be emitted, the number as a national average is predicted to more than double at the end of the 21st century.
兵庫県Adaptation measures(Vol.5)
February 22, 2018
Adaptation measures Vol.5
Hyogo Prefecture

“Hyogo Fishery Environment Observing System” providing real-time environmental information of the Seto Inland Sea

Hyogo Prefecture is one of Japan’s major producers of farmed laver and its production accounts for 20%* of the national market. In the late 1990s, discoloration of laver occurred frequently and the yield seriously declined. The major cause was considered reduction in nutritive salt. The problem has been aggravated by a rise in seawater temperature due to global warming.
徳島県Adaptation measures(Vol.4)
February 22, 2018
Adaptation measures Vol.4
Tokushima Prefecture

Building the future of the region through the conservation of “Millennium Coral”

On the floor of the inner bay of Mugi-oshima Island is huge Porites lutea called “Millennium Coral” (Sen nen sango) and treasured by the local residents. Recently, the explosive growth of crown-of-thorns starfish has caused damage to the surrounding coral. That has triggered the conservation campaign by the whole region. In 2015, the activity was listed as a “Heritage for the Future” Project run by the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan. We interviewed Shinpachiro Asaka of the “Council of Town Development along with Sen-nen Sango” about this activity.
兵庫県Adaptation measures(Vol.2)
December 22, 2017
Adaptation measures Vol.2
Hyogo Prefecture

Two Actions by Hyogo to Protect Paddy Rice from High Temperatures

Recent abnormally high temperatures have caused quality degradation of brown rice across Japan. The response to this degradation has been efforts throughout the country to improve cultivation techniques and develop and expand varieties resistant to high temperatures. According to the 2016 Global Warming Impact Survey Report from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the cultivated area of varieties resistant to high temperatures reached a record high of 91,400 hectares in 2016, approximately 2.4 times greater than six years before.
兵庫県Adaptation plan(Vol.2)
December 22, 2017
Adaptation plan Vol.2
Hyogo Prefecture

Strengthening Adaptation Measures:Mutual Exchanges Throughout the Prefecture

Before the national government’s adaptation plan in March 2017, the Hyogo prefectural government had developed and incorporated adaptation measures into a plan, the result of which was the Hyogo Prefecture Plan for Promotion of Measures against Global Warming. Koji Koshio, Manager of the Global Warming Measures Section; Yo Yoshimura, Assistant Manager of the Section and Promotion Group Leader; and Naoko Nakagawa, Chief Examiner of the Planning Group were interviewed about past and current actions for formulating an adaptation plan and incorporating that plan into the current plan, all of which is scheduled for implementation in 2020.
徳島県Adaptation measures(Vol.1)
November 27, 2017
Adaptation measures Vol.1
Tokushima Prefecture

Protecting the Naruto Wakame Brand by Developing a Variety Resistant to High Water Temperatures

Naruto Wakame is a brand of seaweed from Tokushima prefecture, which boasts the third highest wakame seaweed production in Japan. This wakame has a supple, chewy texture and excellent taste, and is recognized as high quality, especially in the Kansai market. In response to a recent drop in production volume, the prefecture is taking ongoing measures to maintain and expand the brand name. In 2015, we interviewed Norio Tanada with the Marine Research Department of the Tokushima Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Technology Support Center, which has developed a new variety of wakame that grows well in high water temperatures.
徳島県Adaptation plan(Vol.1)
October 30, 2017
Adaptation plan Vol.1
Tokushima Prefecture

Becoming a Carbon-Free Society Through Mitigation and Adaptation

In January 2017, the Tokushima Prefecture government became the first government entity in Japan to enact a carbon-free ordinance that introduces a full range of adaptation measures. One of the major initiators, Masaji Fujimoto, former manager of the Environmental Capital Section in the prefectural government, developed adaptation measures from scratch, and then formulated mitigation measures, ultimately establishing an incorporative plan in less than two years. The question is how the fast-acting, trailblazing action plan was accomplished. We interviewed the former and current managers of the Environmental Capital Section about the plan.

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