Title: Policy implications toward Green Economics in pollution prevention: theory and problems in Japan

Authors: Hirofumi Aizawa

Addresses: Office of Dioxins Control, Environmental Management Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, 1–2–2 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100–8975, Japan

Abstract: In this article, several factors related to green economics, from historical pollution experiences to current policies in Japan, are scrutinised. It covers several famous pollution cases in Japan as well as recent preventive policy approaches, including voluntary approaches and green purchase. The article also gives an overview of Japanese environmental trends, from |end-of-pipe| measures to more preventive measures.

Keywords: end-of-pipe; pollution prevention; Japan; pollution case studies; environmental law; market mechanisms; green purchase; life cycle assessment; LCA; consumer attitudes; consumer behaviour; business attitudes; business behaviour; green economics; environmental pollution.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGE.2006.009344

International Journal of Green Economics, 2006 Vol.1 No.1/2, pp.174 - 200

Published online: 22 Mar 2006 *

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