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In order to obtain a first impression of the technological response of Japanese industry to current global environmental problems a study mission to Japan was carried out in 1991. This report details some of the findings from the study. During the misison, in depth discussions were held with government offices, national laboratories, industrial associations, utilities, private companies and academics. One clear conclusion is that there is a strong concern for environmental problems at the highest level in all the organizations visited and this concern is reflected in well-funded programmes. However, the current Japanese concern does not seem to be primarily motivated by the prospects of industrial opportunity in the environmental business. On the contrary the concern seems to reflect a new Japanese corporate desire to rectify the environmental damage caused by earlier industrial activities. This does not mean that they will not market technology which is developed to deal with environmental problems whenever this makes commerical sense, and there are a number of such examples.

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Authors: ROGERS M D, JRC Sevilla (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16323 EN (1995) 100pp., FS
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Pulications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT)
Record Number: 199512031 / Last updated on: 1996-01-26
Original language: en
Available languages: en