China issues regulations on groundwater management

Total groundwater withdrawal limits, no-withdrawal zones, contamination control measures to be introduced

Environmental Policies Water

At an executive meeting on September 15, China’s State Council passed regulations to manage the country’s groundwater, which were published on October 21 and will come into effect on December …

China publishes draft revision of noise pollution control law

Noise limits set for electrical equipment, other machines

Environmental Policies Noise Automobiles Household Appliances IT Equipments Motorcycles Non-road Mobile Machinery Office Equipments Vessels

The Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress published a draft revision of the Noise Pollution Control Law (噪声污染防治法) to solicit comments after deliberating on the revision. Comments will be …

Japan’s “PRTR Act”

Act on Confirmation, etc. of Release Amounts of Specific Chemical Substances in the Environment and Promotion of Improvements to the Management Thereof

Chemical Substances (Factory) Chemical Substances (Products)

Act on Confirmation, etc. of Release Amounts of Specific Chemical Substances in the Environment and Promotion of Improvements to the Management Thereof (Japan’s “PRTR Act”) http://www.japaneselawtranslation.go.jp/law/detail/?vm=04&re=01&id=101 The Act on Confirmation, …

METI of Japan Compiles Measures for Homes and Buildings to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2050

Publication of “energy conservation measures in homes and buildings for a decarbonized society”

Climate Change Environmental Policies Sustainability Climate Change Environmental Management

On August 23, 2021, the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) published a report of “energy conservation measures in housing and buildings for a decarbonized society”.   The main …

Overview of Japanese legal system

What are laws, cabinet orders, ministerial orders, public notifications, and circular notices? How they differ and relate?

Environmental Basic Law

What are laws, cabinet orders, ministerial orders, public notifications, and circular notices? How they differ and relate? For many people, even for Japanese people, it will probably be difficult to …