The following is a list of representative organizations that are in charge of environmental regulations in Japan.

  •  Cabinet
    • Ministry of the Environment, MOE
    • Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, METI
      • Agency for Natural Resources and Energy
      • Japan Patent Office, JPO
    • Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, MLIT
      • Japan Meteorological Agency, JMA
    • Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, MAFF
      • Forestry Agency
      • Fisheries Agency
    • Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, MHLW
    • Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, MIC
      • Fire and Disaster Management Agency, FDMA
    • Global Warming Prevention Headquarters

Cabinet

The executive branch of Japan’s government. It is a collegial body composed of the Prime Minister, who is the head of the government, and other ministers of state. In domestic affairs, it enforces the laws, presides over the affairs of the state, controls the affairs of the civil service, submits budget proposals to the Diet, enacts government ordinances, and decides on amnesty. In foreign affairs, it exercises diplomatic power and concludes treaties.
Official Web [Japanse], English Web


Ministry of the Environment (MOE)

It is in charge of environmental conservation and maintenance, pollution prevention, and nuclear safety policy.
Official Web [Japanse], English Web


Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

It is in charge of economic and industrial development and administration related to mineral and energy resources.
Official Web [Japanse], English Web

Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

An external bureau of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) with jurisdiction over policies for the stable supply of energy such as oil, electricity, and gas, as well as policies for energy conservation and new energy (nuclear power, solar power, wind power, smart communities, etc.).
Official Web [Japanse], English Web

Japan Patent Office (JPO)

An external bureau of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) that is in charge of affairs related to industrial property rights.
Official Web [Japanse], English Web


Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)

It is in charge of jurisdiction over land development and conservation, transportation, meteorological services, venue security, and public safety services.
Official Web [Japanse], English Web

Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA)

An external bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, which is charged with promoting the sound development of meteorological services.
Official Web [Japanse], English Web


Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

It is in charge of the stable supply of food, development of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, forest conservation, and  management of fishery resources.
Official Web [Japanse], English Web

Forestry Agency

An external bureau of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), whose mission is to maintain and cultivate forests, ensure a stable supply of forest products, develop forestry, promote the welfare of forestry workers, and ensure the proper management of national forest projects.
Official Web [Japanse], English Web

Fisheries Agency

An external bureau of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, whose mission is to ensure the proper conservation and management of fishery resources, secure a stable supply of marine products, develop the fishery industry, and promote the welfare of fishermen.
Official Web [Japanse], English Web


Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW)

It is in charge of administration concerning health, medical care, children, child-rearing, welfare, nursing care, employment, labor, and pensions, as well as demobilization, support for the bereaved families of the war dead, and clearance of the remaining affairs of the former army and navy.
Official Web [Japanse], English Web


Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC)

It has jurisdiction over administrative organization, civil service system, local government, elections, political funds, firefighting, information and communication, postal services, and other systems that form the basis of the nation.
Official Web [Japanse], English Web

Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA)

An external bureau of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications that oversees firefighting activities in Japan.
Official Web [Japanse], English Web


Global Warming Prevention Headquarters

One of the administrative organs in Japan established by the Cabinet based on the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures. It is responsible for the comprehensive and systematic promotion of global warming countermeasures, and its chief minister is the Prime Minister.
Official Web [Japanse], English Web


Index of Japan EHS

Framework of EHS laws and regulations in Japan.

Category Theme
Overall Japan, Organizations with Governing Environmental Regulations
Chemical Overview of Chemical Substances Control Act (CSCA)