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Public Comments Invited regarding Approval of Type 1 Use Regulations for Genetically Modified Organisms

June 12, 2009

The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) received seven applications for approval of the conditions (the organism name, the contents of the use, etc.) concerning the use of Genetically Modified Organisms submitted by the applicants ("Type 1 Use Regulations") in accordance with the Law Concerning the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity by Regulating the Use of Living Modified Organisms (Law No. 97 of 2003).

The MOE intends to approve these "Regulations," recognizing that the use of such organisms would have no adverse effects that could pose an unacceptable risk of impairment to the preservation of species or populations of wild fauna or flora, and that no other adverse effect on biological diversity could arise. This judgment was made taking into account the content of consultation with experts.

The MOE invites comments from the public, regarding the approval of the Regulations. Comments will be accepted from June 12 to July 13, 2009.

All procedures related to this invitation for public comments will be conducted in Japanese. Comments must be submitted in Japanese.

For further information, please visit the Ministry of the Environment web page (in Japanese) (http://www.env.go.jp/info/iken.html).


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