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SEN to visit Japan
     The Secretary for the Environment, Mr Wong Kam-sing, will depart for a duty visit in Japan tomorrow afternoon (September 11). He will visit Tokyo as well as prefectures and cities in Central Japan to exchange views with government officials and representatives from various organisations on issues relating to nature conservation and environmental protection.

     Mr Wong will first visit Tokyo. In the morning on September 12, he will meet with the management team of the Institute for Building Environment and Energy Conservation to share experience in the promotion of green buildings and energy saving.

     In the afternoon, Mr Wong will meet with officials of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to learn more about their environmental protection work on various fronts and their experience of inter-city co-operation. He will also call on senior officials of the Ministry of the Environment.

     On September 13, Mr Wong will depart for Niigata Prefecture and visit Itoigawa UNESCO Global Geopark to share experiences in geopark management.

     On the following three days, Mr Wong will see for himself the Satoyama Initiative jointly initiated by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan and the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies. The Satoyama Initiative aims to rebuild and maintain a sustainable rural environment in which natural resources are used and managed in a more eco-friendly manner. It also contributes to the conservation of biodiversity.

     On September 14, Mr Wong will arrive in Ishikawa Prefecture to visit the Kanakura School in Wajima to see the development and promotion of eco-tourism there.

     Mr Wong will depart for Hyogo Prefecture on September 15 to visit the Hokusetu Satoyama College and learn about the conservation and management of Satoyama and its socio-ecology system.

     In the morning on September 16, Mr Wong will visit the Toyooka Municipal Museum for Oriental White Stork in Toyooka to be briefed on the city's nature conservation measures. He will conclude his visit and depart for Hong Kong on the same day.
Ends/Saturday, September 10, 2016
Issued at HKT 18:30
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