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FY 2011/2012 Research Topic: 1-12
Economic Integration and Recycling in Asia


Economic integration in Asia also expanded the trade of recyclable waste. Exporting countries of recyclable waste such as Japan and Korea, which have established domestic recycling systems, face a shortage of recyclable waste due to an increase of recyclable waste export. On the other hand, importing countries face pollution problems in recycling processes as well as imported scrap contaminated with hazardous waste. This study group will investigate international trade of recyclable waste and the regulations on import and export. Based on the understanding of the current situation, the study group will clarify issues related to recycling and international trade of recyclable waste within the Asian region, and will make policy recommendations.


April 2010 - February 2012

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] KOJIMA Michikazu
[ Co-researchers ] MICHIDA Etsuyo
TERAO Tadayoshi
YOSHIDA Aya (Researcher, National Institute for Environmental Studies )
SASAKI So (Senior Analyst, Mitsubishi UFJ research and Consulting Co., Ltd )
Sung Woo CHUNG (Senior researcher, Embassy of the republic of Korea in Japan )
TSURUTA Jun (Associate Professor, Japan Coast Guard Academy)