When I relocated to Japan, I had never contemplated the fact that this country could not be very focused on sustainability.
My lifestyle changed drastically from there as all of a sudden, buying organic was no longer an option (could not read, not available), checking product origin was not displayed or in Japanese I could not read. All items are over wrapped. Bananas come in plastic bags, all products are wrapped once or twice, something 3 layers of plastic.
We officially recycle, I have 19 different categories at home but by far the package bag is the biggest every week !
Japan will need to address it as anyone else and removing straws is NOT a progress, rather a drop in the ocean