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

June 29, 2009

The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) has received 2 applications for approval of the conditions (organism name, details of use, etc.) regarding the use of Genetically Modified Organisms from applicants ("Type 1 Use Regulation") in accordance with the Law Concerning the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity by Regulating the Use of Genetically 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 decision was made in consultation with experts.

The MOE invites comments from the public, regarding the approval of the Regulations. Comments will be accepted from June 30 to July 29, 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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