Environmental Protection & Recycling - Policy Information

Recycling Policy

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is promoting the "3Rs" in order to create a sustainable society: one that has balance between the environment and the economy.

What's "3Rs"?
The term the "3Rs" is an acronym for "Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle."



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3R Policies
Industrial Structure Council
White Papers and Other Reports
Information Materials

Global Environment

Workshop on Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Methodological Issues in regard to Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS) (April 20-21, 2006) (June 5, 2006)
"Future CDM" project (December 22, 2005)
Statement of intent on cooperation between Japan and Romania under the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (June 1, 2005) (PDF: 18KB)
Japan Carbon Investors Forum on March 24, 2005 (April 13, 2005)
 "Sustainable Future Framework on Climate Change," interim report by the Special Committee on a Future Framework for Addressing Climate Change (December 8, 2004) (PDF: 1.2MB)
Request for public comments on Interim Report by Global Environmental Subcommittee, Environment Committee, Industrial Structure Council - Future Measures for Global Warming (September 24, 2004)
Comments on Proposal for a DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL amending Directive 2003/.../EC establishing a scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading within the Community, in respect of the Kyoto Protocol's project mechanisms (issued on November 14) (December 8, 2003)

Global Warming Countermeasures

Results and Future Issues Pertaining to the Fiscal 2007 Follow-up to the Voluntary Action Plan on the Environment (December 14, 2007) (PDF:1.2MB)
Results and Future Issues Pertaining to the Fiscal 2006 Follow-up to the Voluntary Action Plan on the Environment (March 26, 2007) (PDF:1.1MB)

Chemical Management

Act on Confirmation, etc. of Release Amounts of Specific Chemical Substances in the Environment and Promotion of Improvements to the Management Thereof (May 30, 2007)
Results of report on amount of fluorocarbons destroyed pursuant to the Law for Ensuring the Implementation of Recovery and Destruction of Fluorocarbons concerning Specified Products in FY 2005 (Joint press release with the Ministry of the Environment) (PDF: 63KB) Released in Japanese on June 30, 2006 (July 19, 2006)
Launch of the “Japan Challenge Program” (Program for Gathering and Disseminating Safety Information on Existing Chemical Substances) and opening of applications for sponsors to collect information on safety of high-priority substances (PDF: 21KB) (July 25, 2005)
Outline of the Japan HPV Challenge Program (A Joint program among the private and the public sectors for collecting and releasing safety information of Japan HPV existing chemical substances.) (April 2, 2007)
Measures to Cope with By-product Hexachlorobenzene under the Chemical Substances Control Law
"Report on BAT Levels concerning By-product HCB in TCPA and Solvent Red 135" (November, 2006)
"Report on BAT Levels concerning By-product HCB in Other Pigments Derived from TCPA and Phthalocyanine Pigments" (April, 2007)
Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc. (April 28, 2005)
Revision of the Cabinet Order of the Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc. (October, 2007)
Execution Status of Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Manufacture, etc. (2006) (July 20, 2007)
Comments by the Government of Japan on the draft consultation document concerning the new chemical legislation - the REACH system (July 11, 2003)
Comment (Japan) (Word file: 48KB)
Additional questionary (Excel file: 27KB)

Future Policy Direction in Japan concerning Evaluation and Regulation of Chemical Substances (May 9, 2003)

Risk Assessment of Endocrine Disrupters (METI) (February, 2002, Revised May, 2003)


Declaration of Commitment to Development of an Eco-Oriented Nation
Perspectives on Environmentally Sound Corporate Management and Environmental Businesses

Outline of the text (PDF: 39KB); full text (PDF: 364KB) (published in Japanese in July, 2003)
Environmental Reporting Guidelines 2001 - With Focus on Stakeholders - (PDF: 559KB)
Environmental Management Accounting
Environmental Management Accounting (Material Flow Cost Accounting) (September, 2007) (PDF)
Preliminary Proposal for the International Standardization of Material Flow-Based Environmental Management Accounting for ISO TC 207 (June 22-29, 2007) (PDF: 53KB)
Presentation document for the Parallel Workshop Sessions (June 26, 2007)(PDF)
Guide for Material Flow Cost Accounting (March, 2007)(PDF)
Environmental Management Accounting (EMA) Workbook (June, 2003)(PDF: KB)
Links to related websites
Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry (JEMAI)
Eco-Products 2003