From the Field: Plastic Waste: Stop Killing Our Oceans


Plastic bottles, plastic bags, plastic straws… Plastic has become such a natural part of our lives, but what is it doing to our ocean? The grave impact that plastic waste has on our seas has been gaining attention worldwide. We have travelled the world interviewing subjects on this issue.

What happens to marine species that consumes plastic waste? Fish consume tiny pieces of plastic, which end up in the human body. Paradise destinations such as Bali and Hawaii are faced with this harsh reality. The ban on plastic shopping bags is trending worldwide, while Japan is falling behind.

We have titled our campaign, “Plastic Waste: Stop Killing Our Oceans.” Something has to be done before it is too late. But what? Let’s take this opportunity to think about what we can do.

Date Aired: March 30

Marine Pollution: MOE Nakagawa is “Hopeful of a Ban on Plastic Bags”

In response to JNN’s series on marine pollution from plastic waste, the Minister of the Environment, Masaharu Nakagawa referred to the issue as “a critical one for Japan” in an interview. In the future, he hopes plastic bags are either banned, or require a fee.

Date Aired: March 29

Japan: Heavy Plastic User, Late to React

The ocean surrounding Japan is also in a critical state from plastic waste. However, Japan has been late to react to the crisis. What measures can be taken?

Date Aired: March 28

England to Ban Disposable Plastics

Now that we have looked at the impact that plastic waste has on marine life, what can we do about it? Let’s take a look at what England is doing.

Date Aired: March 26

Waste from Japan is Polluting Hawaii’s Waters

Even the popular resort islands of Hawaii, who welcomes 1.3 million visitors from Japan annually, are affected by a significant amount of plastic waste. Among these are waste from Japan.

Date Aired: March 23

“Paradise on Earth” Bali Faces Danger

Indonesia’s tropical island of Bali, a popular destination for Japanese tourists, faces severe crisis. A massive amount of plastic has washed up against the shores of the beaches known as “Paradise on Earth.”

Date Aired: March 22

The Threat of Microplastics

The biggest threat to oceans around the world comes in the form of microplastics, the smallest type of plastics. These plastics manage to enter the human body by way of clams and other marine life. What affect does that have on our bodies?

Date Aired: March 21

Plastic Bags Found in the Stomachs of Sea Birds: 1 Million Affected Annually

8 million tons of plastic waste, made up of everyday items such as PET bottles and plastic bags, pollute our seas annually. We will report on the severe devastation that this is causing. For our first report, we will discuss the reality in which 1 million birds are killed per year from plastic waste. What is going on in the ocean?