Japanese Firms Creating Rest Places for Wildlife at Factories

Economy

Tokyo, Aug. 18 (Jiji Press)--Japanese manufacturers are stepping up efforts to create greenery areas that help preserve local ecosystems within the premises of their factories.

The moves come as businesses are increasingly asked to make contributions to biodiversity conservation at international conferences. Factories are gradually becoming rest places for birds and insects as a result.

"More and more companies are aware of the need to improve the quality of greenery areas" at their factories, an official of an environment group said.

Mitsubishi Electric Corp.'s <6503> factory in the central Japan city of Shizuoka, which makes products including air conditioners, started creating a greenery area harmonizing with local biodiversity in spring 2016.

Satoyama, or woodlands near populated areas, are dotted around the factory, located some 3 kilometers from Shizuoka Station of Central Japan Railway Co. <9022>, or JR Tokai. The company hopes to make the greenery area at the factory a spot where wild birds and insects can "stop by" during their travel from one satoyama area to another.

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