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Cipango (a poetic name for Japan) + ‘plant-based lifestyle’ = ciplantgo, a podcast aimed at introducing people living a plant-based lifestyle in Japan.日本で菜食ライフスタイルを送っている人々のインタビューを中心にしたポッドキャスト。

April 7, 2019

ciplantgo#10: Hanna Hakko, Greenpeace Japan coal campaigner - dedicating your career to making a better future

Hanna Hakko is a coal campaigner for Greenpeace Japan. Upon meeting Hanna for the first time, her profile directly struck me as very unique: born in Finland, where she lived until moving to Japan, Hannah developed early on a keen interest for how human societies are impacting the Earth, and decided to work defending our blue planet for the generations to come.

The episode starts with a description of Hanna’s current job, what she brings to Greenpeace Japan as a foreigner, how they are communicating with Japanese companies and banks, and a summary of her first year on the job. The discussion then addresses the impact of the Fukushima power plant catastrophe on Japanese energy production, the importance of individual and political actions in acting against global warming, Hanna’s path to Greenpeace and Japan, her impressions after having lived one year in the country, what she enjoys here, her path to veganism, being a vegan in Japan, leading an ethical life and the importance of drawing a line between acting to make the world a better place and nurturing yourself, other jobs that Hanna thought about doing, the health impact of becoming vegan, a typical Hanna day, her take on the future of Japanese / world energy production, and finally a few rapid fire questions.

Discussing with Hanna was both extremely interesting, and very fun. I hope you will enjoy listening to the episode as much as I did recording it.


- Introduction

- 0:00:00s - Hannah’s job description: coal campaigner for Greenpeace Japan

                0:01:55s - About the value Hannah is bringing that a Japanese could/would not

                0:04:40s - About interacting with Japanese companies as a foreigner, and as an NGO

                0:09:15s - A summary about Hannah’s first year working in Japan

                0:13:05s - About the use of coal and energy consumption after the Fukushima debacle

- 0:16:30s - About the importance of individual actions compared to political changes

- 0:21:10s - Hannah’s path to Greenpeace and Japan

- 0:23:40s - Hannah’s impression of her first year in Japan

- 0:30:25s - About what Hannah’s enjoying in Japan

- 0:33:50s - Hannah’s path to veganism

- 0:45:45s - Hannah’s experience of being vegan in Japan: convenience, change in diet, sense of identity

- 0:58:30s - Leading an ethical life: where to draw the line, and how to find balance between acting in the world and nurturing yourself

- 1:17:00s - Other job(s) Hannah would have liked to do.

- 1:20:10s - The most positive thing Hannah got out of becoming vegan

- 1:28:00s - Health effects of becoming vegan experienced by Hannah

- 1:33:45s - A typical Hannah day.

                1:36:30s - About lifestyles/habits that are more needed than not when you are a human being.

- 1:41:00s - Hannah’s take on what the future of energy in Japan/the world will look like.

- 1:46:00s - Rapid fire questions.


Introduction BGM: "Corporate Japan" by Birocratic (http://birocratic.lnk.to/allYL)

Additional notes and links

- The Pink Cow: http://www.thepinkcow.com/

- The clinic Hanna had her recent check-up at, Sendagaya International Clinic: http://www.sendagaya-ic.com/en/

- Tokyo Vegan Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/fr-FR/vegan-389/

- Vegan Tokyo: https://vegantokyo.org/

- ciplantgo Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ciplantgo/

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