Press Release

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

July 24, 2008

The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) received two applications for approval of the conditions (the organism' name, the contents of the use, etc.) 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 the 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 consultations with experts.

The MOE invites comments from the public regarding the approval of the Regulations. Comments will be accepted from July 24, 2008 to August 22, 2008. All procedures related to this invitation for public comments will be conducted in Japanese. Comments need also be submitted in Japanese.

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