Today, the Japan Partnership for Circular Economy (J4CE) launched its English-language website, showcasing initiatives on the circular economy by Japanese companies and industry organisations. A brochure has also been published, featuring noteworthy cases selected by a panel of experts. The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) serves as the secretariat for J4CE, and in addition to providing domestic and international information on the circular economy, IGES develops and operates this website, edits the brochure, and contributes to the planning of future public-private dialogues.
On 2 March 2021, J4CE was founded by the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) with the purpose of strengthening public-private partnerships. J4CE aims to foster further understanding on the circular economy among a wide range of stakeholders, including domestic companies, and will promote initiatives in response to the accelerating global trend towards a circular economy. More than 100 companies and industry organisations have joined J4CE in less than two months since it was founded, and approximately 130 case studies have already been submitted. All of these are posted on the website launched today. Searches can be refined for the following categories:
- 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) circularity
- Phase of product lifecycle
- Type of materials or products
- Collaboration with third parties or stand-alone
- Existing business or future initiative
IGES also aims to play a role in accelerating a circular economy globally, by widely disseminating the excellent technology, ideas and initiatives of Japanese companies, and greatly expanding the scope of this partnership.
J4CE is still accepting applications from companies and organisations, and welcomes the inclusion of additional case studies. For details, please refer to the information on the website (https://j4ce.env.go.jp/en/about).