It was quite an experience to visit the CBC, Radio-Canada studio and meet Ms. Brigitte Bougie, journalist and newscaster, who has won the 2007 Quebec-Japan Prize (see Footnote). She showed me around in the TV studio and led me to a meeting room, where she told me about her proposed project, “Nagoya, greener than tea,” for which she was awarded the Quebec-Japan Prize. Ms. Bougie will visit Nagoya in October, 2007, to carry out her project, which should help develop a better understanding between Japan and Quebec in general, and between Nagoya and Montreal regarding environmental issues in particular. Currently, Ms. Bougie is very active as a newscaster for Radio-Canada, offering 24 hour news programs in French and English from coast to coast.
Summary of Ms. Bougie’s Interview
I am excited about my visit to Nagota in late October for my project on environmental issues that really interest me these days. I chose Nagoya, not Tokyo, because Nagoya with a little more than 2 million people is more appropriate for the purpose of comparison with the city of Montreal in terms of population size (Tokyo is just too big), and also because Nagoya is well known for its ambitious program to clean up the environment by involving everybody in the city including the mayor. Nagoya’s program is ambitious, since it aims at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 10%, much higher than the national reduction target of 6%, by 2010, compared with 1990, hoping to make Nagoya the greenest city in Japan, even “greener than tea.” What interests me is how people in Nagoya are trying to achieve this goal, and what their experience can suggest to residents in Montreal on environmental issues. For example, I would like to see how they handle garbage, recycle materials, and make houses, buildings and factories more energy efficient and environment friendly to build a sustainable community for themselves. Transportation is of particular interest and importance, because the Nagoya region is home to Toyota, which is probably one of the most environmentally conscious companies in the world. But still using private automobiles, whether hybrid or not, are not helpful in reducing CO2, and use of public transportation should hold a key in solving urban pollution problems. Nagoya also seems interesting in this regard, because of its extensive public transportation system in and around the city. In any case, I look forward to going to Nagoya, meeting the mayor and residents, and reporting the “Nagoya way” of solving environmental problems. And I plan to make my report public in the form of radio programs and magazine publications upon my return to Montreal this winter. I feel that it is important to inform the public, especially French speaking Quebecois, of what is happening in Japan regarding the environment, because there is so little information about Japan available in French over here. I hope every resident in Montreal will become aware of the problem and get involved in its solution by learning from Japan.
Footnote: The Quebec-Japan Prize, created in 2003 to mark the 30th anniversary of Quebec’s presence in Japan, is a joint initiative by the Ministry of International Relations, the Federation of Professional Journalists of Quebec and the Foreign Press Center of Japan (from Reference 1) References: 1. Ministry of International Relations: Information/News “Québec-Japan Prize goes to Brigitte Bougie” http://www.mri.gouv.qc.ca/en/_scripts/Actualites/ViewNew.asp?NewID=4567&lang=en 2. Radio-Canada Website: http://www.radio-canada.ca/
(Written by T. Miyao) --------------------------------------------------------------- ブリジッド・ブジー女史 ジャーナリスト・ニュースキャスター、ラジオ・カナダ 2007年度「日本ケベック賞」受賞者 （2007年8月30日、CBC、ラジオカナダ・スタジオにて；聞き手：宮尾尊弘）