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Report Title: Guidelines for Preventing the Environmental Impact of Manufactured Nanomaterials (abstract)
Report ID: 478
Date: 3/10/2009
Author: Expert committee on the environmental impact of manufactured nanomaterials
Report Type: Guidance Document
URL: [guideline_0903_enab.pdf]
Country: Japan
Organization: Japanese Ministry of the Environment
Summary: As of March 2009, Japan does not have any regulations governing the use of nanomaterials. These guidelines, released by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment, are voluntary but intended to reduce the risk of environmental harm from nanomaterials. They call for manufacturers to build facilities which do not release nanomaterials into the environment, and if nanomaterials may be released, there should be a process to capture and remove them. Nanomaterials can also be managed through ventilation systems, incineration, and industrial waste disposal. Manufacturers should consider the possibility for released nanomaterials throughout all stages of product lifecycles, and take steps such as avoiding unnecessary crushing of manufactured nanomaterial-containing products.
Archived Copy: guideline_0903_enab_478_2310.pdf

Report Title: Toward the responsible innovation with nanotechnology in Japan: our scope
Report ID: 122
Date: 10/16/2007
Author: Saori Ishizu, Mizuki Sekiya, Ken-ichi Ishibashi, Yumi Negami, Masafumi Ata
Report Type: White Paper
URL: [Default.htm]
Country: Japan
Summary: Japan has lagged behind the United States and Europe in addressing the problem of societal impacts from nanotechnology. The word “risk” translates into “danger” in Japanese, which has led to an aversion to discussing the risks of nanotechnology. Limited private sector investment in nanotechnology has also resulted in a lack of high-profile innovations which allowed the issue to remain silent. The 2005 symposium “Nanotechnology and Society” for the first time in Japan discussed societal issues, followed by the “Research Project on Facilitation of Public Acceptance of Nanotechnology.” This document discusses the subsequent Japanese efforts in nanotechnology policy aimed at the creation of a regulatory framework that addresses the issue of safety.

Report Title: Setting the standard
Report ID: 105
Date: 2/1/2008
Author: Adarsh Sandhu
Report Type: News Article
URL: [nnano.2008.12.html]
Country: Japan
Organization: Nature Magazine
Summary: The Japanese government has launched new safety and standardization initiatives to ensure the safety of nanomaterials. These initiatives are occurring at the governmental, private, and international levels. A new five-year government project seeks to evaluate the risk of nanoparticles to humans through metrology, toxicology, and exposure analysis. Privately, the Nanotechnology Business Creation Initiative (NBCI) is also establishing committees to evaluate and set standards for measurement of nanoparticles. Internationally, the ISO nanotechnology technical committee has been combining the data and efforts of nations including the US, Canada, and Japan. Despite agreement in the industry that such nanotechnology standards are beneficial, some companies are reluctant to share information with these projects, fearing the loss of trade secrets. However, these projects are viewed as essential in persuading the public that nanomaterials are safe, an attitude that is seen as a prerequisite for future nanotechnology development.

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