July 26, 2018
Joint Press Release with the Ministry of the Environment
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) will hold FY2018 Explanatory Meetings on the Basel Convention Act at 11 locations across Japan, targeting businesses that intend to import or export waste and other materials, waste collectors and transporters, customs-related businesses, waste disposal operators and other entities.
1. Outline of the meetings
Nearly 25 years have passed since the establishment of the Act on Control of Export, Import and Others of Specified Hazardous Wastes and Other Wastes (domestic law corresponding to the Basel Convention; hereinafter referred to as the “Basel Convention Act”). As time passes, the amount of circulative resources that are traded between countries continues to grow. Along with this growth, concerning exports, some cases involving improper exports of wastes have been discovered, as seen in an increase in improper exports of scrap from electrical and electronic devices containing lead and other hazardous substances, i.e., so-called miscellaneous scrap and in reports from the destination countries that request the return of such scrap to Japan. Moreover, other cases involving inappropriate treatment of wastes, e.g., specified hazardous wastes, have been discovered in destination countries. Concerning imports, as the global economy faces fierce competition for circulative resources, Japan should overcome a significant challenge, i.e., remove the current business environment factors that are disadvantageous to competition.
To address these challenges, Japan revised the Basel Convention Act in June 2017. METI will hold explanatory meetings to provide businesses with an opportunity to learn about the overview of the revised Basel Convention Act, which will come into force on October 1, 2018.
2. Date and venueFor the dates and venues of the meetings, visit the website for prior registration shown in Item 4 below.
- Explanation of the overview of the revised Basel Convention Act
- Details of procedures required for imports and exports of waste
- Questions and answers
4. Contact office and application procedure
Prior registration is required to attend the meetings. If you wish to attend any of the meetings, visit the website below and complete the application. Applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. However, if a company submits multiple applications, we may limit the number of attendees from the company to provide as many companies as possible with an opportunity to attend the meetings. Admission is free.
Contact office: OMC, Incorporated
Telephone: 03-5362-0117; Facsimile: 03-5362-0121
Division in Charge
Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau