Activities

Activities for Prevention of Illegal Import/Export

Awareness Raising Seminar

Ministry of the Environment (MOE) and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hold the awareness-raising seminars on the control of transboundary movement of hazardous wastes under the Basel Convention for stakeholders, such as importers, exporters, waste generators, customs etc. The seminars aim at providing information about the legal framework and regulation to manage wastes and transboundary movements of hazardous wastes in Japan as well as the Basel Convention and other Asian countries, criteria for wastes under the Basel Convention and Japanese legal framework, method and procedure to apply transboundary movement of hazardous wastes from Japan to other countries and vice versa, cases of illegal transboundary movements.

Consultation Service

We offer the consultation service to importers, exporters and other related authorities on transboundary movement of hazardous wastes under the Basel Convention ahead of any transactions. This service is basically for Japanese exporters and importers of hazardous wastes. We provide appropriate information and materials based on information of a kind of hazardous wastes and destination of transboundary movement (only for export).

Cargo Inspection

It is important to closely work with customs in order to fully comply with the Basel Convention. MOE and METI staffs in charge of the Basel Convention regularly meet staff working at customs and provide information about the Basel Convention in details so that custom staffs can extend their knowledge how to inspect cargo containing hazardous wastes. Custom staffs are someone who can finally stop illegal transboundary movement of hazardous wastes at ports.

Cooperation with Secretariat of the Basel Convention for E-waste projects

The Government of Japan in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Basel Convention (SBC) launched the Basel Convention Partnership on the Environmentally Sound Management of E-waste for Asia-Pacific Region at the Asia-Pacific Regional Inception Workshop on the Environmentally Sound Management of E-waste in Tokyo in November 2011. This programme focuses on enhancement of the capacity of Parties to manage E-waste in an environmentally sound way. The followings are the strategic objectives:

  • Assessment of the current situation on E-waste;
  • Prevention and minimization of E-waste;
  • Introduction of the environmentally sound management of E-waste;
  • Promotion of information and training for all sectors.