By Brendan F.D. Barrett

Within the Nineteen Nineties, Japan steadily started to flip eco-friendly and commenced to test with extra participatory sorts of environmental governance. Ecological Modernisation and Japan explores this modification and appears at Japan as a case for ecological modernisation whereas contextualising the dialogue inside its certain heritage and up to date discussions approximately globalisation and sustainability. It makes an important contribution to the ecological modernisation debate via unpacking the japanese environmental adventure.

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Within the overall expenditure of the national environmental regime, the MoE spends around 9 per cent of the total budget. 8 billion). This represents a major increase for the MoE, effectively tripling the budget compared to that of the Japan Environment Agency in 1999 (roughly Yen 86 billion) and is mainly accounted for by the funds allocated for the subsidy system for waste incineration under the MoE’s new responsibilities. 7 billion). METI’s 2003 environmental budget of Yen 320 billion exceeds the total budget of the MoE (MoE 2003c); this is mainly due to the transfer of responsibilities from the previous Science and Technology Agency.

5 Mol and Sonnenfeld qualify their statement by arguing that Japan should be considered as a front-runner only in terms of the policies that ‘transform existing trends of increasing resource consumption and emissions’ rather than in absolute terms of minimal environmental additions or withdrawals per capita. 6 For instance, Japan lays about 30 times as much concrete per square foot as does the United States, with 60 per cent of the Japanese coastline now covered in concrete and 110 out of 113 major rivers dammed (Kerr 2001).

As the main body responsible for the development of Japan’s infrastructure, the Ministry has been at the centre of concerns related to the excessive expenditure on public works projects. 9 trillion in 1998.

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