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Cabinet Decision on the Cabinet Order for the Partial Revision of the Order for Enforcement of the Explosives Control Act

The Act on the Development of Related Acts for Promoting Reform with the Aim of Increasing the Autonomy and Independence of Local Authorities (hereinafter referred to as the “Fifth Act for the Autonomy and Independence of Local Authorities”) was established at the 189th ordinary session of the Diet and the part of the provisions of the Fifth Act for the Autonomy and Independence of Local Authorities will come into force. In line with this enforcement, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will develop necessary sections concerning the provisions of the Order for Enforcement of the Explosives Control Act (hereinafter referred to as the “Order for Enforcement”).

1. Outline of the Explosives Control Act

The Explosives Control Act aims to control the manufacturing, selling, storing, carrying, consumption and other treatment of explosives (gunpowder, gunpowder related substances, other explosives), focusing on the danger posed by these explosives, thereby preventing disasters caused by explosives and ensuring public safety. In addition, the Order for Enforcement is a Cabinet Order stipulating the administrative affairs conducted by prefectural governors among those under the authorities of competent ministers under the Explosives Control Act.

2. Outline of the Fifth Act for the Autonomy and Independence of Local Authorities

The Fifth Act for the Autonomy and Independence of Local Authorities aims to develop related laws concerning the transfer of administrative affairs and authorities from prefectures to designated cities. The Fifth Act was established at the 189th ordinary session of the Diet and promulgated on June 26, 2015.

The Fifth Act stipulates the transfer of authorities for issuing an approval to businesses for selling explosives in designated cities, among administrative affairs and authorities involving prefectural governors under the Explosives Control Act, to the chiefs of designated cities and also stipulates its enforcement date to be April 1, 2017.

3. Outline of the Cabinet Order approved by the Cabinet

The Cabinet Order stipulates that part of the administrative affairs and other actions involving prefectural governors under the Order for Enforcement should be conducted by the chiefs of designated cities.

4. Enforcement date

The Cabinet Order will come into force on April 1, 2017.

Release date

December 9, 2016

Division in Charge

Mine Safety and Explosive Control Division, Commerce, Distribution and Industrial Safety Policy Group

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