Thursday, August 3, 2017

China's Smog Affecting Japan

Japan has voiced complaints about China’s smog reporting, 39 percent of PM2.5 in the air on average in Tokyo that was from China. PM2.5 refers to fine airborne particulates with a diameter of 2.5 microns or less, meant to be the most dangerous as they can enter a person’s lungs. Chinese government has invited a team of Japanese experts to visit in an effort to identify ways of reducing the problem.

Today, Japan is one of the least polluted countries in the world, according to the World Health Organization, they have made drastic changes to help protect their citizens and environment. Thanks to Japan's citizens' movements, Japan's government was forced to act on their air pollution. The country went on a Pollution Diet where Japan enforced fourteen laws at once. The new laws made polluters financially liable to pay their victims, help resolve disputes, amended and tightened existing regulations. Additionally, the new law enforced on improving on: air and water pollution, traffic and sound pollution, and toxic waste disposal.

For more information, check out the links below to read what Japan is doing to help reduce air pollution:

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