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Environmental Dispute Coordination Commission

Environmental Dispute Coordination Commission

The Environmental Dispute Coordination Commission is an administrative commission whose main duties are to:

  • 1) Resolve environmental disputes through conciliation and adjudication promptly and appropriately (Environmental Dispute Settlement System);

  • 2) Coordinate mining, quarrying, or gravel gathering with the general public interest or other industries (Land Use Coordination System).

Chairperson and Commissioners

(Career) (Appointed date)
Chairperson ARAI
 Tsutomu
Former President of Fukuoka High Court July 1, 2017
Csommisioner YOSHIMURA Hideko Medical Doctor (Former Professor, Atomi University) July 1, 2012
July 1, 2017
Csommisioner YAMAZAKI Tsutomu Former Judge at Sapporo High Court (Division Director) July 1, 2015
Csommisioner MATSUDA Takatoshi Former Cabinet Office Special Advisor, Former Vice Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications July 1, 2016
Commissioner (Part-time) TAKAHASHI Shigeru Professor, Faculty of Law, Hosei University July 1, 2011
July 1, 2016
Commissioner (Part-time) NONAKA Tomoko Lawyer (Former Professor, The Training and Research Institute for Court Officials) July 1, 2015
Commissioner (Part-time) KATO
 Kazumi
Director, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology July 1, 2017

(as of July 1, 2017)

Duties of the Environmental Dispute Coordination Commission

Prompt and Appropriate Settlement of Environmental Disputes

 The Commission aims to resolve environmental disputes promptly and appropriately based on the Act on the Settlement of Environmental Pollution Disputes (enacted in 1970).

  • ○ Settlement of Environmental Dispute Cases
    The Commission shares roles with Prefectural Pollution Review Boards and works to promptly and appropriately resolve disputes based on applications from the interested parties through such procedures as adjudication and conciliation.

  • ○ Collaboration with Local Governments Concerning Consultations on Environmental Pollution-related Complaints
    Each local government has established an environmental pollution-related complaint consultation desk and has stationed environmental pollution-related complaint counselors for processing complaints promptly and appropriately.
    The Commission has endeavored to enhance know-how for complaint processing and conducts an annual survey on how complaints are being processed.

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Land Use Coordination Related to Mining and Other Industries

 Based on the Act on Adjustment Procedures for Utilization of Lands for Mining and Other Industries (enacted in 1950), the Commission coordinates the mining, quarrying, or gravel gathering industries with the general public interest or other industries, including agriculture and forestry.

  • ○ Designation of Mining Prohibited Areas
    The Commission designates Mining Prohibited Areas based on requests from Ministers or Prefectural Governors.

  • ○ Adjudication on Appeals against Administrative Dispositions for Mining, etc.
    The Commission makes adjudications on appeals filed by the interested parties against specific dispositions rendered under the Mining Act, Quarrying Act, Gravel Gathering Act, etc.

  • ○ Responses to Inquiries Concerning Dispositions Based on the Land Expropriation Act
    When the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism makes a determination on a request for review with regard to an administrative disposition rendered under the Land Expropriation Act, the Minister is required to seek opinions of the Environmental Dispute Coordination Commission in advance.

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History of the Environmental Dispute Coordination Commission

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