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The Japanese industrial waste experience: Lessons for rapidly industrializing countries

Japaneses Industrial Waste Policy CoverIETC developed a publication, entitled The Japanese industrial waste experience: Lessons for rapidly industrializing countries. It analyzes the Japanese case and highlights the potential relevance of Japan’s experience in industrial waste management for sustainable development in rapidly industrializing countries. Read more

The publication is available in English and Japanese.

Launch

The Japanese industrial waste experience: Lessons for rapidly industrializing countries was launched at the 3R International Scientific Conference on Material Cycles and Waste Management in Kyoto, Japan, on 11 March 2014.

The launch was accompanied by a panel discussion on to discuss the question of what the specific Japanese experience in industrial waste management was and what lessons could be relevant for rapidly industrializing countries.

Event: UNEP Special Session at the 3R International Scientific Conference on Material Cycles and Waste Management

Venue: Kyoto University Clock Tower Main Hall
Date and time: Tuesday, 11 March 2014, 10:30-16:00
Programme of the UNEP Special Session

Link to UNEP Newsroom

Press release (English)

Press release (Japanese)


(Continued) Many developing countries are currently experiencing rapid industrial growth, the pace of which is unprecedented. While this growth in industrial development has lifted millions out of poverty, it has also been accompanied by serious challenges linked to industrial pollution and, in particular, industrial waste.

Some of the challenges associated with industrial waste – air, soil, and water pollution and the resulting negative impacts on public health and long-term economic development – rapidly industrializing countries are now facing, are similar to the ones countries like the United States, Germany, Japan, and others had to deal with in the second half of the 20th century.

Japan’s efforts to improve its management of industrial waste have been recognized internationally. Lessons can be drawn from the Japanese case, which can be shared with rapidly industrializing countries. The Japanese industrial waste experience sheds a light on different aspects of the Japanese approach. It gives an overview of the industrial waste situation in Japan in the late twentieth century. Concrete examples of how the industrial waste challenge has been tackled in Japan are provided by the national government, local government entities, and the private sector. They give an insight into the historical developments and processes that led to the change in dealing with industrial waste in a more sustainable way. Some of the approaches applied in Japan have already been echoed in international initiatives.

The sharing of experiences and lessons learned from the Japanese case is intended to expand the menu of policy options for consideration by decision-makers in rapidly industrializing countries. Assisting these countries in finding solutions to the environmental challenges associated with rapid economic growth is critical on the path to sustainable development.