NHK’s new Eco-Channel

My friend at NHK (Japan Broadcasting System) made me aware of a new portal website at NHK that consolidates all the enviornmental content from prior years into one area.

Japan has always been an environmentally conscious nation before words like “eco” and “green” became fashionable.  Personally, I believe the Muskie Act (a.k.a. the Clean Air Act of 1970) became Japan’s framework for developing energy efficient, less polluting appliances, cars and other products.  Obviously, being a nation with limited natural resources, this limitation also further compelled companies to make “eco friendly” products out of need.

Anyway, I think this is an important site that will eventually include video’s and other archive footage from Japan’s history of being an ecologically sound nation over the last several decades.  The new NHK Eco Channel page can be found here: 日本語版 (Japanese) English

William Saito
Special Advisor at Cabinet Office (Govt. of Japan)
Named by Nikkei as one of the “100 Most Influential People for Japan,” Saito began software programming in elementary school and started his own company while still in high school and was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998 (by Ernst & Young, NASDAQ and USA Today). As one of the world’s leading authorities on cybersecurity.

After selling his business to Microsoft, he moved to Tokyo in 2005 and founded InTecur, a venture capital firm. In 2011, he served as the Chief Technology Officer of the National Diet’s (Parliament) Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission. Later that year, he was named as both a Young Global Leader and Global Agenda Council member for World Economic Forum (WEF) and subsequently been named to its Foundation Board. In 2012, Saito was appointed to a council on national strategy and policy that reported directly to the Prime Minister of Japan.

Saito also advises several national governments around the globe. In Japan, he has served as an advisor to Japanese ministries; the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST); the Information Technology Promotion Agency (IPAS); the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, among others. He is currently the Special Advisor to the Ministry of Economic Trade and Industry (METI) and the Cabinet Office for the Government of Japan.

He went to medical school at UCLA and Harvard Kennedy School; serves on various boards of Global 2000 companies; frequently appears as a commentator on TV and is the author of seven books in addition to writing several weekly newspaper columns. His management book, The Team: Solving the Biggest Problem in Japan, was published by Nikkei BP and became a best-seller in 2012. In 2016, Saito received the Medal of Honor from the Government of Japan for his work in the field of education.

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