When referring to any of the results of our analysis and/or its concept and design, please cite us accordingly:
Global Plastics Policy Centre (2022) March A., Salam, S., Evans, T., Hilton, J., Fletcher, S. (editors). Global Plastics Policy Review. Revolution Plastics, University of Portsmouth.
Japan The Act on Promotion of Resource Circulation for PlasticsView the policy document
Key FindingsView the policy document
The purpose of this law is to contribute to the conservation of the living environment and the development of the national economy by promoting the recycling of plastic resources (Ministry of the Environment, Japan, 2021).
There was insufficient evidence available to review this policy at the time of the assessment. This policy is too recent to be assessed, however it is likely to spur some reduction of plastic waste among most businesses (under this law, businesses that provide 5 metric tons or more of plastic products per year are obliged to reduce the amount used). In contrast, it has been stated that this policy will not be effective because it does not target one of the most damaging types of plastic waste in the ocean, which include discarded fishing nets and other fishing gear (The Sankei Shimbun, 2022). Other potential gaps of the policy that could limit its effectiveness include the lack of specific reduction measures for businesses and consumers, and the fact that its main focus is limited to 12 plastics items.
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Through an analytical framework, we've reviewed over 100 plastic policies. These reviews determine the effectiveness of policies in reducing plastic pollution and we offer recommendations in light of this evidence, to enhance future policy making. You can find out more about our methods on our methods page.Methods