The Chemical Society of Japan
- 1. Promotion of Public Understanding
- (1) Environmental Symposia/Seminars for the
Seminars were held in 2001 on PCB-related regulations, management of
chemical materials, PRTR regulations, "sick house" syndrome, automotive diesel
issues, and in 2002 on soil contamination. Researchers and the press were
invited as lecturers, and discussions were held on global warming, solutions to
environmental issues, Green Chemistry, and safety management of chemical
materials. Some 200 members of the public attended. Other seminars and their
· Symposium "Environment/Safety Education for the 21st
· Environmental Education Saturday Forum on global warming, Green
Chemistry, endocrine disruptors, journalism and environmental issues,
deforestation, water pollution, environmental risks, dioxin problems,
atmospheric pollution, sulfur in the environment, life cycle assessment,
· Seminar "Issues on Animals for the 21st Century"
· Second Environment
and Chemistry Seminar "Recycling and the Society"
· Seminar "Our
Environment---Safety of Air/Water/Soil"
· Symposium "Dioxin and Endocrine
Disruptors---Regulations and Protective Measures/Recycling and Recovery of Oil
by Carbonaceous Materials"
(2) Roundtable Discussion for Environmental
These panel discussions are held twice a year to as widely as possible seek opinions and ideas
from government agencies, including the Tokyo Metropolitan
Government; industry, including the Japan Chemical Industry Association, the
Japan Automobile Society, and the Japan Electric Industry Society; media,
including the Asahi, Nikkei, and Mainichi newspaper groups; and academic
organizations and individuals.
Committees have edited environment/safety-related pamphlets and distributed them
among the members as well as to governmental agencies, and published the
following books: "Notes on Chemical Safety", "Frank Discussion on Global
Warming," "Guide for Risk Communications in Handling Chemicals,","Safety Guide
for Chemical Experiments," "Green Chemistry" (translation), "Dioxin and
Environmental Hormones," and "Collective Loss Prevention Guide."
- 2.Environmental Education
- (1) Safety in
With the implementation of the Pollutant Release and Transfer
Registration (PRTR) Act, universities are held responsible for the safe handling of
chemicals. In addition, in 2004 all national universities reformed
into Independent Administrative Institutions, requiring them to abide by the
Industrial Hygiene and Safety Law to ensure environmental safety and risk
In view of this, the CSJ organized the following symposia to
discuss the future roles played by these universities:
2001: "Environment and
Safety Education at Universities"
2002: "Environment and Safety Management
Required of Universities"
To enhance the level of environment/safety
education in universities and to educate the staff and students to more adequately recognize
safety issues, symposia are held at the CSJ Headquarters and at
(2) Risk Communication
The CSJ, as a contractor for
government agencies such as the Ministry of Environment and METI (Ministry of
Economics, Trade and Industries), carries out studies in areas such as risk
communication and handling of chemical materials, and the training of
(3) Preparation of Teaching Materials for
In 2000, freshmen from 140 universities were surveyed for their
awareness of 60 environmental keywords; 13,697 students responded. The results
were summarized and made available to interested people including the press. A
second survey was carried out in 2002. The results are reflected in textbooks on
the environment for undergraduates, which were published in
- 3.Promotion of Green / Sustainable Chemistry
Forums and Symposia held by Research Groups
Research Groups on Green
Chemistry and Environmental Dynamics regularly hold forums and symposia that
promote environment-related activities in the CSJ, as exemplified below.
· Green Chemistry Forum
· Metabolism and Decomposition of Endocrine
· Ecological Influence of Endocrine Disruptors and Decomposition
· Trends in the Study of Endocrine Disrupting Compounds
2002, the CSJ established the Risk Research Group to examine risk-related issues
and the roles of chemists in sustainable development.
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