Japan: Highlights of 2004

According to a study by the Institute on Strategies for the Global Environment
(Institute for Global Environmental Strategies - IGES), Japan was
mark in 2004 by 6 main events in the field of
the environment :

- significant damage caused by natural phenomena (wave of
heat in summer, record number of typhoons, Niigata earthquake);
- the development of waste recycling and 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse,
Recycle);
- the accident at the KEPCO nuclear power plant;
- the entry into force of the law on foreign species;
- sanitary problems in thermal spas;
- the entry into force of the Kyoto protocol and the revision of the recommendations on measures to reduce the greenhouse effect.

This study recapitulates the main events in the field of the environment in 2004 for each Asian country, such as the establishment of
legislation, the management of natural hazards, the management and recycling of
waste, ecosystem protection, water management and international sustainable development programs. The study is available from the IGES.

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contacts:
- 3R Initiative: http://www.env.go.jp/earth/3r/en/
- Accident at the Mihama nuclear power plant:
http://www.kepco.co.jp/english/index.html
- Spa resorts: http://www.shirahone.org/ (in Japanese)
- Foreign species: http://www.env.go.jp/en/topic/as.html
- Prime Minister's Office (old version of the recommendations):
http://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/policy/ondanka/index_e.html
Sources: IGES Top News on Environment in Asia
Editor: Olivier Georgel, olivier.georgel@diplomatie.gouv.fr
Ref: 357 / ENV / 1446

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