Press Release

Public Comments Invited regarding Approval of Type 1 Use Regulation of Living Modified Organisms

March 25, 2008

The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) has received four applications for approval of the conditions (including the organism' name and contents of use) concerning the use of Living Modified Organisms as submitted by the applicants ("Type 1 Use Regulation") in accordance with the Law Concerning the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity through Regulations on the Use of Living Modified Organisms (Law No. 97 of 2003).
The MOE intends to approve these "Regulations," recognizing that the use of these 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 consultation with experts.

The MOE invites comments from the public regarding the approval of the Regulations. Comments will be accepted from March 25, 2008 to April 23, 2008.
All procedures related to this invitation for public comments will be conducted in Japanese. Comments must therefore be submitted in Japanese.

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