The history of pollution in Japan date’s back to the Meiji Period. The Ashio Copper Mine was linked as the first pollution case that occurred in Japan. After the World War II a large amount of toxin particles were released into the air that were caused by an increase in industrial manufacturing.Terrible pollution-related diseases, including four major diseases such as Minamata disease and Yokkaichi asthma, were triggered. According to Ministry of Environment (Government of Japan), the mid-1990's, Japan had the worlds fourth highest level of industrial carbon dioxide. In other words, Japan had a leading problem with air pollution that strongly linked to industrial factories around Japan.
Today, Japan is making efforts to strengthen their systems to track any PM2.5 (which causes air pollution) and help create a breathable environment for the population. For starters, a factory has been set up to monitor 24 hours of air pollution in several locations around Japan. An apparatus measures and analyzes the elements of PM2.5 of Microparticles. Previously, it was a more complex process to conduct by sending samples to two different locations. With advanced technology scientists are able to see results quicker. As Yusuke Mizuno (official who led the development of the system) said, "More detailed analysis can be conducted much more easily than with conventional methods." With Japan's progress in air pollution, it is good to hear the country is making efforts to protect their country from harmful toxins.
For more information, check out what Japan's equipment is doing to help reduce air pollution: