In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster of March 2011, Japan has become increasingly focused on reducing and eventually eliminating its dependency on nuclear power. In June 2013, over a quarter of Japan’s electricity demand was supplied by nuclear power, but more and more research and funding is being invested in renewable energy technologies, which could help to reduce this gap. This section gives an overview of Japan’s environmental policies and the current state of its green technology and recycling sectors. Find out more about Japan’s environment sector below.
Japanese recycling policy is largely administered at the municipal level, and Japanese local government often possesses the latest in recycling technology. Japanese waste differs significantly from European waste. Some recycling companies use a “holistic method”, integrating the disposal of large electronics and white goods into their factory production line, partially in order to remove superficial features and reduce inputs.