Basic Environmental Law


    Basic Environmental Law


    The Japanese Basic Environmental Law No. 91 of 1993 (‘the Law’) requires that corporations ensure to take necessary measures to prevent environmental pollution that are a result of their activities to properly conserve the natural environment. 

    Last Updated: July 30, 2019

  • Requirements

    The Law requires that corporations take measures to prevent environmental pollution, including:  

    • through the treatment of smoke and soot, as well as water and wastes that have resulted from their activities;  
    • through the proper disposal of any waste generated from the processing or selling of their products or through the engagement of other business activities; 
    • through efforts to reduce their environmental load that has resulted from the use or disposal of products related to their activities;  
    • through efforts to use recyclable resources; and  
    • through cooperation with policies implemented by state and local governments, among other things.  

    The Ministry of the Environment of the Government of Japan has issued further information and guidance regarding the Law and the Basic Environment Plan. 

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