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Kyoto University Succeeds in Removing PCBs from Contaminated Riverbed

March 27, 2008

Chemicals

 

Kyoto University Succeeds in Removing PCBs from Contaminated Riverbed

A Kyoto University research team led by Associate Professor Masaki Takaoka and A...
 
MOE Amends Exhaust Emission Regulations Aiming for Zero PM Emission

March 26, 2008

Policy / Systems

 

MOE Amends Exhaust Emission Regulations Aiming for Zero PM Emission

The Japanese Ministry of the Environment amended permissible limits on exhaust e...
 
Study Shows Forests Filter and Capture Lead from Polluted Air

March 12, 2008

Ecosystems / Biodiversity

 

Study Shows Forests Filter and Capture Lead from Polluted Air

The Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, a quasi-governmental "indep...
 
Kobe Steel Develops an Iron Powder that Removes Arsenic

October 27, 2007

Chemicals

 

Kobe Steel Develops an Iron Powder that Removes Arsenic

Kobe Steel Ltd. developed an iron powder that can efficiently absorb and remove ...
 
Seiyu Refunds 2 Yen to Shoppers Using their Own Bag

October 14, 2007

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Seiyu Refunds 2 Yen to Shoppers Using their Own Bag

Seiyu Ltd, a major Japanese supermarket operator, launched a campaign in March 2...
 
Environment Ministry Holds Seminar to Convey the Minamata Experience to the World

September 13, 2007

Chemicals

 

Environment Ministry Holds Seminar to Convey the Minamata Experience to the World

The Japanese Ministry of the Environment held a seminar on the lessons and exper...
 
Innovative Technology Treats Fluoride-Contaminated Soil

July 12, 2007

Chemicals

 

Innovative Technology Treats Fluoride-Contaminated Soil

Associate Prof. Masamoto Tafu, Professor Tetuji Chohji and their research group ...
 
University Researchers Develop Safe, Low-Cost Technology to Decompose Dioxin

June 29, 2007

Chemicals

 

University Researchers Develop Safe, Low-Cost Technology to Decompose Dioxin

A research group led by Dr. Yoshiharu Mitoma, Associate Professor, at the Prefec...
 
Study of Sick House Syndrome to Start

April 7, 2007

Chemicals

 

Study of Sick House Syndrome to Start

The Chemiless Town Project of Japan, established in 2006 as a collaborative work...
 
30 Industry Groups Submit Voluntary Action Plans to Cut VOC Emissions

February 18, 2007

Chemicals

 

30 Industry Groups Submit Voluntary Action Plans to Cut VOC Emissions

After receiving 27 voluntary action plans from 30 industry groups in Japan, the ...
 
Standardization of Information Disclosure Underway for Chemical Composition of Products

October 20, 2006

Chemicals

 

Standardization of Information Disclosure Underway for Chemical Composition of Products

Japanese manufacturing companies have established an association to standardize ...
 
Ecological Farming Project Yields Results in Shiga Prefecture

October 6, 2006

Chemicals

 

Ecological Farming Project Yields Results in Shiga Prefecture

An ecological farming project promoted by the government of Shiga Prefecture sin...
 
Japan to Reduce VOC Emissions by 40% in FY2010

August 23, 2006

Chemicals

 

Japan to Reduce VOC Emissions by 40% in FY2010

Twenty-two voluntary action plans to reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) emis...
 
UV Radiation Found to Degrade Volatile Organic Compounds in Silica Gel

August 5, 2006

Chemicals

 

UV Radiation Found to Degrade Volatile Organic Compounds in Silica Gel

The Honjo Chemical Corporation announced in March 2006 that it has successfully ...
 
Minamata Disease 50 Years Later: Past and Present

July 26, 2006

Chemicals

 

Minamata Disease 50 Years Later: Past and Present

Half a century ago the first victim of mercury poisoning was found: this was Min...
 
Environment Ministry Releases Annual Guidebook on Chemical Management Data

July 15, 2006

Chemicals

 

Environment Ministry Releases Annual Guidebook on Chemical Management Data

The Japanese Ministry of the Environment has prepared an annual guidebook for ci...
 
Formaldehyde Source Detection Sheet Developed

June 18, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Formaldehyde Source Detection Sheet Developed

A simplified formaldehyde source detection sheet has been developed by the Build...
 
Ministry Releases FY2005 Environmental Report on Chemicals in Japan

June 7, 2006

Chemicals

 

Ministry Releases FY2005 Environmental Report on Chemicals in Japan

The Japanese Ministry of the Environment announced on March 31, 2006 that it has...
 
Nissan's New Coating System Cuts Volatile Organic Compounds by 40%

May 24, 2006

Chemicals

 

Nissan's New Coating System Cuts Volatile Organic Compounds by 40%

With an investment of 11 billion yen (about U.S. $94 million), Nissan Motor Co.,...
 
Photochemical Smog in 2005 Worst for Decade

May 21, 2006

Chemicals

 

Photochemical Smog in 2005 Worst for Decade

In 2005, sufferers from eye and throat irritations numbered 1,495 across 10 pref...
 
Japan Urgently Needs to Increase Recovery of Rare Metal 'Indium'

May 17, 2006

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Japan Urgently Needs to Increase Recovery of Rare Metal 'Indium'

As thin-film display screens such as liquid-crystal displays (LCDs) and plasmati...
 
Kyoto University Successfully Engineers Dioxin-Degrading Bacteria

May 17, 2006

Chemicals

 

Kyoto University Successfully Engineers Dioxin-Degrading Bacteria

A research group led by Prof. Kosaku Murata at Kyoto University's Graduate Schoo...
 
Japanese Government Amends Laws concerning Asbestos

May 14, 2006

Policy / Systems

 

Japanese Government Amends Laws concerning Asbestos

The Japanese parliament passed a bill on February 3, 2006, to amend four laws de...
 
Ceiling Material Incorporating a Photocatalyst Marketed

April 20, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Ceiling Material Incorporating a Photocatalyst Marketed

Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd. of Japan, a core member of the Matsushita Group,...
 
New Technology Removes Organic Arsenic from Soil

April 14, 2006

Chemicals

 

New Technology Removes Organic Arsenic from Soil

The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology of Japan, j...
 
Guidelines Published for Management of Chemicals in Electrical/Electronic Products

April 9, 2006

Chemicals

 

Guidelines Published for Management of Chemicals in Electrical/Electronic Products

Guidelines for managing the chemical substances found in electrical and electron...
 
Environment Ministry Opens Website on Endocrine Disruption

March 8, 2006

Chemicals

 

Environment Ministry Opens Website on Endocrine Disruption

On October 31, 2005, the Japanese Ministry of the Environment announced the crea...
 
Japanese Companies Develop Air-Purifying Paper

February 20, 2006

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Japanese Companies Develop Air-Purifying Paper

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. announced on October 19, 2005 that they have d...
 
Eco-Farmers Exceed 1,000 in Tokushima Prefecture

January 27, 2006

Policy / Systems

 

Eco-Farmers Exceed 1,000 in Tokushima Prefecture

The number of farmers certified as "Eco-Farmers" - who practice environmentally ...
 
900 Vessels Adopt Improved Screw Propeller Developed by Mitsui O.S.K.

January 27, 2006

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

900 Vessels Adopt Improved Screw Propeller Developed by Mitsui O.S.K.

The high energy efficiency of Propeller Boss Cap Fins (PBCF), a screw propeller ...
 
Japan Ratifies Asbestos Convention

December 23, 2005

Policy / Systems

 

Japan Ratifies Asbestos Convention

The Japanese government has announced that it ratified the International Labor O...
 
New Equipment Cleans Dioxin-Contaminated Soil

December 14, 2005

Chemicals

 

New Equipment Cleans Dioxin-Contaminated Soil

Takenaka Corp. and Takenaka Civil Engineering & Construction Co. have jointly st...
 
Dioxin Emissions from Incinerators Declining throughout Japan

December 14, 2005

Chemicals

 

Dioxin Emissions from Incinerators Declining throughout Japan

The levels of dioxins found in emissions from waste incinerators across Japan ha...
 
Dioxins, Endocrine Disrupters Not Decreasing in Japan's Rivers

December 2, 2005

Chemicals

 

Dioxins, Endocrine Disrupters Not Decreasing in Japan's Rivers

No clear downward trend has been seen in the concentrations of dioxins and endoc...
 
Instructions for Food Safety Database Available on Website

November 30, 2005

Food

 

Instructions for Food Safety Database Available on Website

The Food Safety Commission started providing instructions on the use of its onli...
 
Stricter Management of Hazardous Substances in Products Proposed

November 27, 2005

Chemicals

 

Stricter Management of Hazardous Substances in Products Proposed

In the run-up to the enforcement of the European Union's Directive on the Restri...
 
Nissan Motor Reduces Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in Two Models to Below Guideline Values

November 4, 2005

Chemicals

 

Nissan Motor Reduces Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in Two Models to Below Guideline Values

Minor changes made in its Cube and Cube Cubic models have allowed Nissan Motor C...
 
Environment Ministry Releases FY2004 Data on Fluorocarbon Destruction

October 26, 2005

Chemicals

 

Environment Ministry Releases FY2004 Data on Fluorocarbon Destruction

The total amount of fluorocarbons destroyed in fiscal 2004 was 2,976 tons, up 23...
 
Coca-Cola Japan to Convert Completely to HFC-free Vending Machines by 2020

October 14, 2005

Chemicals

 

Coca-Cola Japan to Convert Completely to HFC-free Vending Machines by 2020

Coca-Cola Japan Co. announced on May 27, 2005 that it will replace its approxima...
 
Unapproved U.S. GM Corn Found at Japanese Ports

October 12, 2005

Food

 

Unapproved U.S. GM Corn Found at Japanese Ports

Bt10, a strain of genetically modified corn not approved in Japan, has been foun...
 
Japan Launches Program for Safety Information on Chemicals

October 8, 2005

Policy / Systems

 

Japan Launches Program for Safety Information on Chemicals

The Japanese government and industry launched a joint program to facilitate gath...
 
Indoor Chemical Concentration Levels Declining

September 18, 2005

Chemicals

 

Indoor Chemical Concentration Levels Declining

The number of new houses whose concentration levels of chemical substances excee...
 
Japan Meteorological Agency Starts Daily UV Forecasts

August 27, 2005

Chemicals

 

Japan Meteorological Agency Starts Daily UV Forecasts

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) started to provide daily information on ou...
 
Toyota, Daihatsu Develop Eco-Friendly Painting Technology

June 26, 2005

Eco-business / Social Venture

 

Toyota, Daihatsu Develop Eco-Friendly Painting Technology

Toyota Motor Corp. and Daihatsu Motor Co. announced on November 4, 2004, they ha...
 
Tokyo Government Identifies Factors that Increase Photochemical Oxidants

June 21, 2005

Chemicals

 

Tokyo Government Identifies Factors that Increase Photochemical Oxidants

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government released the final report on a two-year study ...
 
Fluorocarbons Recovery from Scrapped Cars Estimated at 23%

June 19, 2005

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

 

Fluorocarbons Recovery from Scrapped Cars Estimated at 23%

On December 24, 2004, the Japanese Ministry of the Environment released survey r...
 
Environment Ministry Sets VOC Emission Standards

June 15, 2005

Policy / Systems

 

Environment Ministry Sets VOC Emission Standards

The Japanese Ministry of the Environment announced on April 8, 2005, that it wou...
 
Automobile Industry to Voluntarily Regulate Volatile Chemicals in Cars

May 27, 2005

Transportation / Mobility

 

Automobile Industry to Voluntarily Regulate Volatile Chemicals in Cars

The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) announced on Feb. 14, 2005...
 
Shiga Prefecture Promoting Green Farming

May 19, 2005

Policy / Systems

 

Shiga Prefecture Promoting Green Farming

Shiga Prefecture in Japan has been promoting a certification and producer-agreem...
 
Japan Plans World's Strictest Regulations on Diesel Vehicles in 2010

May 18, 2005

Policy / Systems

 

Japan Plans World's Strictest Regulations on Diesel Vehicles in 2010

The Air Environment Task Force of the Central Environment Council, an advisory p...
 
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