The Pollutant Release and Transfer Register Law (PRTR), 2001

Japan Current 2001

Japan’s Pollutant Release and Transfer Register system seeks to promote voluntary improvement of the management of chemical substances by business operators and to prevent any impediments to the preservation of the environment by taking measures for the confirmation of release amounts of specific chemical substances in the environment. The law establishing the system requires the reporting of environmental releases of specific chemical substances, and promoting improvements in their management. Businesses subject to the law started estimating the amounts of relevant chemical substances that they released into the environment since the early 2000s. As of 2002 business started to notify the resultant data to government, and the aggregate data has since been published online by the Environment Ministry. 



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All organizations - industries with chemical waste potential

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