US and Japan join forces for the environment

The US and Japan are joining forces to protect the environment. Gina McCarthy, administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Japan’s Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki made the announcement […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The US and Japan are joining forces to protect the environment.

Gina McCarthy, administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Japan’s Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki made the announcement following their meeting in Tokyo.

The collaboration focuses on measures to tackle climate change, promote regional air quality management, provide environmental education and manage the risk of mercury, which is commonly used in batteries and fluorescent lights.

It also includes research on children’s health and environmental impact assessment as well as continuing the cleaning up of the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant.

In a statement, EPA said: “This outcome builds on a 40-year history of co-operation on environmental issues between the US and Japan, based on the Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Environmental Protection between the two countries signed in 1975.”