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2, 01. 2006
Chemical industry organization
Japan Petrochemical Industrial Association (JPCA)

Founded in June 1958 to contribute to the steady and continuous growth of the petrochemical industry, and then to the development of Japan’s national economy as a whole, through statistical surveys, information research, presentation and recommendation of opinions. Has the membership of 31.

Asahi Kasei Chemicals
One of the seven constituent corporations of Asahi Kasei Group. Beginning with commercial production of acrylonitrile monomer in 1962, it has world’s second largest production capacity of acrylonitrile.
Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
Largest comprehensive chemical manufacturer in Japan and 5th in the world. Established in October 1994 through the merger between Mitsubishi Kasei and Mitsubishi Petrochemical. Jointly established a holding company with Mitsubishi Pharma in October 2005.
Sumitomo Chemical
Major comprehensive chemical maker and the core of some 100 Sumitomo Chemical Group companies operating around the world in six business sectors: basic chemicals, petrochemicals and plastics, fine chemicals, IT-related chemicals, agricultural chemicals, and pharmaceuticals.
Major comprehensive chemical manufacturer with the top production of caustic soda and vinyl chloride monomer. Has the world’s largest production capacity of high-purity zirconia powders and electrolytic manganese dioxide, with around 20% of the market share for alkaline dry cell batteries.
Showa Denko
One of the major chemical makers. Established in June 1039 by the merger of Nihon Denki Kogyo and Showa Hiryo. Placing stronger emphasis on electronic and information materials and specialty chemical products.
Mitsui Chemicals
Major comprehensive chemical manufacturer with four business groups, namely petrochemical, basic chemical, functional polymeric materials, functional chemicals & engineered materials. Born out of the merger between Mitsui Toatsu Chemicals and Mitsui Petrochemical Industry.
Shin-Etsu Chemical
World’s top producer of polyvinyl chloride (PCV). Also, world’s top-class producer of semiconductor silicon, synthetic quartz, synthetic pheromones and cellulose derivatives. (Non-member of JPCA)
The competent authorities
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
(Chemical Section at Manufacturing and Industries Bureau)
One of the central government offices in Japan. Newly created in January 2001 as the successor of the abolished Ministry of International Trade and Industry. Aims at strengthening private economy, smooth development of external economic relation and to secure the steady supply of mineral and energy resources.
Ministry of Environment
Responsible for planning and formulation of all government environment policy, planning of all waste (including chemicals) and recycling measures. In addition, it continues to perform all work carried out up to now by the Environment Agency.
Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare
One of the central government offices in Japan. Created in January 2001 through the integration between Ministry of Health and Ministry of Labor. Chemical Hazards Control Division and Chemical Risk Assessment Office deal with the new chemicals.
Other related organizations
Japan Chemical Industry Association (JCIA)
Established to promote the stable development of the chemical industry and thus contributing to the economic prosperity of Japan and elevation of its living standard. Has about 190 member companies and about 70 organizations.
Japan Containers and Packaging Recycling Association
Established in September 1996 to protect the environment in Japan and contribute to sound development of the domestic economy by recycling containers and wrapping waste through contacts with the specified business entities, municipalities and recyclers.

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