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In order to obtain a first impression of the technological response of Japanese industry to global environmental problems a study mission to Japan was carried out in 1991. However, rapid progress in this field and the planned Conference of the Parties (Climate Change Convention) meeting in Kyoto for the end of 1997 created the requirement for a substantial update to this original work. The subject was explored through in-depth discussions with government offices, industrial associations, private companies, national laboratories and academics during a study mission to Japan which took place at the end of 1996. The report describes the main elements of the Japanese strategy (technology development and transfer) which relate to a clear vision of the desired future by all the main actors. The technological progress in co-operative and private laboratories is outlined and the Japanese approach to international collaboration.

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Authors: ROGERS M D, JRC Sevilla (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17667 EN (1997) 47pp., FS, free of charge
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT), Fax: +39-332-785818
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