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October 16, 2002

Bilingual Activism to Save the Earth

A recent issue of the Nikkei Weekly reported on a new bilingual web site that promotes Japan's often unseen environmental efforts. Through her work as a simultaneous interpreter working mainly in the field of environmental issues, Junko Edahiro saw that news of the majority of initiatives in her home country were not being relayed to the rest of the world. Lack of English skills and Japanese modesty were seen as the main barriers. To address the issue, she started the Japan for Sustainability NGO in August. The NGO's 100 or so volunteers include translators and native checkers who help reports from some 1,000 companies reach the outside world. The web site is at

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