Press Release

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

November 10, 2008

The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) received three applications for approval of the conditions (the organism' name, the contents of the use, etc.) submitted by the applicants ("Type 1 Use Regulation") concerning the use of Living Modified Organisms 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, 2003). The MOE intends to approve these "Regulations", recognizing that the use of the organisms in question would have no adverse effects which could pose an unacceptable risk of impairment to the preservation of species or populations of wild fauna or flora, and that no other adverse effects on biological diversity could arise. This judgment was made taking expert consultation into account. The MOE invites comments from the public regarding the approval of these Regulations. Comments will be accepted from November 10, 2008 to December 9, 2008. 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) (

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