a Sound Material-Cycle Society / --a society in which the consumption of natural resources will be conserved and the environmental load will be reduced to the greatest extent possible, by preventing or reducing the generation of wastes from products, by promoting proper cyclical use of products when these products have become circulative resources, and by ensuring proper disposal of circulative resources not put into cyclical use-- Article 2, The Basic Act for Establishing a Sound Material-Cycle Society (promulgated in June 2000, fully in force since January 2001)

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