Japanese experiences of environmental management

Water Sci Technol. 2003;47(1):7-14.


Japan experienced a very rapid industrialization and economic growth in the era of income doubling in 1960s and at the same time Japan experienced very severe damage from various types of environmental pollution. In this paper, historical development of population, GNP, energy consumption with classification of petroleum, coal and electric power, and CO2 emission are introduced as basic background data on Japanese development. The tragic experience of Minamata disease and Itai-itai disease caused by methyl mercury and cadmium, respectively, are introduced. In two tables, historical development of water pollution and air pollution are summarized. Regarding solid wastes management, the total mass balance in Japan and recent development in legislation framework for enhancement of recycling of wastes are introduced briefly.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Conservation of Natural Resources / history*
  • Environment Design
  • Environmental Pollution / history*
  • Environmental Pollution / prevention & control
  • History, 20th Century
  • Industry / history
  • Japan
  • Petroleum / history
  • Power Plants / history
  • Refuse Disposal / history*


  • Petroleum