EPA Collaboration with Japan
EPA has a long history of cooperation with Japan. A government-wide agreement between the United States and Japan to cooperate on environmental protection has been in place since 1975. Through this agreement, the two governments exchange expertise; implement cooperative projects; and share information and data on research activities, policies, regulatory practices.
EPA and the Ministry of the Environment of Japan collaborate on decontamination and environmental management, mercury monitoring and implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, and regional air quality.
Explore our work in Japan:
- September 2018: Bilateral Meeting at G7 Environmental Ministers Meeting
- April 2018: Japan Begins Sharing Data through Air-Now International
On September 18, 2018, Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler met with the Japan Minister of the Environment while attending the G7 Environmental Ministers Meeting in Halifax, Canada. The leaders discussed intent to develop a framework of measures to address marine litter in Southeast Asia, regional air quality including Japan having recently started contributing data to AirNow-International, the importance of continued cooperation on mercury and implementation of the Minamata Convention, partnering on environmental education through the Global Environmental Education Partnership (GEEP), and reducing carbon emissions. Themes for Japan’s hosting of a G20 Energy and Environment Ministerial meeting in Japan in 2019 were also discussed.
The Ministry of the Environment began sharing Japanese air quality data within the AirNow-International system. The global AirNow-International community provides real-time air quality information to citizens, informing the public about the quality of the air they breathe.
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Through this mechanism, the United States is both assisting Japan and increasing domestic security and preparedness. In recent years, EPA has shared technical expertise with Japan on lessons learned from environmental remediation, examining data analysis, effectiveness evaluation, technologies for volume reduction, and how to share results with the international community.
Mercury management: Japan participates in the EPA-supported Asia Pacific Mercury Monitoring Network Exit to promote a network of monitoring and sharing data on mercury in the atmosphere in the Asia Pacific region. In September 2018, in conjunction with the 8th meeting of the Network, Japanese experts delivered an Atmospheric Mercury Sampling Workshop and donated six ambient monitoring toolkits to participating countries.
The U.S. and Japan play leadership roles in the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership. Through this, we are pursuing opportunities to collaborate with countries using mercury processes. Through a joint chlor-alkali mission to Uruguay in March 2018, officials discussed converting chlor-alkali and caustic soda production to use to non-mercury processes.
Promoting Environmental Education
EPA and the Ministry of the Environment of Japan promote quality environmental education and empowerment of youth through the Global Environmental Education Partnership and other bilateral and international platforms for sharing information and resources on environmental education.
- U.S.-Japan Agreement on Cooperation in Environmental Protection (1975)
- Letter of Intent Between the Japan Atomic Energy Agency and the U.S. EPA on Cooperation in the Field of Radiation Protection (2018)
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- Ministry of Environment, Government of Japan
- Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industry
- National Institute for Environmental Studies
- U.S. Embassy in Japan