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Fostering the environment is that which also unites Lithuania and Japan


Today, Minister of Environment Kęstutis Navickas has met with Hirofumi Nakasone, Chairman of the Lithuanian-Japanese Parliamentary Relations Association. The Japanese politician has paid a visit to Lithuania for the purpose of strengthening the bilateral cooperation between Lithuania and Japan. During the visit, the guest has already met with the Seimas Speaker and the Prime Minister, and he will take part in the events held in Kaunas in the memory of Japanese Diplomat Chiune Sugihara.

According to the Minister of Environment, the activities of Chiune Sugihara are an example one can be proud of. “This personality is a link for further close cooperation of the two countries. We are grateful to the Japanese Parliament for the attention to environmental protection. We already have some positive experience of cooperation in this sphere as the pilot projects on the closure of the hazardous waste landfill in Aukštrakiai were implemented with support of this country”.

Hirofumi Nakasone has noted the protected and fostered Lithuanian nature and the clean environment, and showed a particular interest in Lithuania’s environmental priorities and measures. Kęstutis Navickas introduced the guest to the activities of the Ministry of Environment aimed at the transition to a circular economy, and firstly at the prevention practice in place, the reduction of waste generation and the promotion of waste sorting. The meeting has also discussed the goal of achieving legal clarity in the sphere of the planning of territories, the integration of the sustainable development and climate change goals with the policies of other spheres, and the ecosystem services evaluation concept being implemented that will help to find balance between public and private interests.

Hirofumi Nakasone has informed the Minister about Japan’s goal to host the Exhibition EXPO 2025 in Osaka and has urged him to support them as a candidate at the voting in 2018. Osaka is Japan’s second largest city that prides itself in industry and culture. The theme of the scheduled exhibition is “Designing Future Society for Our Lives”. The exhibition is expected to devote particular attention to environmental protection, stress the possibilities of each member of society to disclose his or her potential and the right to live in a clean and healthy environment. In addition to Osaka, the candidate cities for organising EXPO 2025 are Paris, Baku and Yekaterinburg.

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Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas