Message from the President

Shigemoto Kajihara President, Japan Waste Research Foundation
Shigemoto Kajihara

The Japan Waste Research Foundation (JWRF) was established on August 1 1989, which is certificated by the Prime Minister as a public interest incorporated foundation with an objective of promoting the public interest in order to realize a recycle-based society in Japan and abroad.

JWRF has been developing technologies and conducting research needed for proper waste management by gathering a wide range of knowledge and technologies among industries, government, academia and civil society. The outcomes of such activities were utilized for establishing various national guidelines for waste management. Thus, JWRF has remarkably contributed for the progress in waste management in Japan.

In June 2000, the Basic Act for Establishing a Sound Material-Cycle Society was promulgated in Japan. This act was developed to respond to urgent needs for changing a society with mass production, mass consumption and mass disposal into an environmentally friendly and wise resource using society with a circular economy.

Such changes can be realized through efficient use of resources in all processes such as production, consumption and disposal. In order to contribute for the changes, JWRF decided to start a new task to promote 3R (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) in 2011 and set up a body specifically working for promoting 3R activities within the foundation.

It has been recognized that environmental problems cannot be solved by simply controlling human activities in limited scope and/or controlling use of an individual harmful substance. Instead, it is needed to address all human activities in a broader scope, which is advocated by the so-called planetary boundary concept.
In this sense, creation of CO2 free society seeking wise use of energies and establishment of a circular economy society seeking the best use of resources are one of the most pressing challenges for the humankind not only in terms of environment but also in terms of a broader context, namely sustainability.

Recognizing these aspects, JWRF will further strengthen its activities, which include:

  • Research and development on waste management and 3R activities,
  • Enhancing public awareness by disseminating information including our achievement,
  • Climate change mitigation and/or adaptation measures in waste management sector,
  • Disaster waste management at large-scale disasters,
  • Environmental conservation of offshore landfill sites, and
  • Support for global mobilization of Japan’s waste management expertise.

We will improve our R&D abilities and/or services provided to the civil society by best use of the long standing our networks with various stakeholders including central governments such as Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ), local governments, universities, member companies/consultants and NPOs.

I would like to sincerely express my deep appreciation to all the partners who have supported our past activities over the last 30 years.

We still need to continue our efforts for realizing the SDGs. In this context, I appreciate continuous support and advice for our activities and expect to work together for a sustainable future.

February 2020

Shigemoto Kajihara
Japan Waste Research Foundation

Overview of the Foundation

Brief History

JWRF, or the Japan Waste Research Foundation was established in 1989 as an incorporated foundation.

During late 1990s and early 2000s, JWRF provided a firm foundation through its R&D activities for developing national policies to control harmful substances like dioxin potentially produced in waste management activities.

Since late 1990s, a series of large-scaled disasters have occurred in Japan. These disasters produced huge waste, and JWRF contributed to formulate new national policies for disaster waste management.

In Japan, the laws for the public interest corporations reform were enacted in 2008. In 2011, based on the national reform, the foundation was certificated by the Prime Minister as a public interest incorporated foundation working in the public interest to realize a recycle-based society in and outside Japan.

In the meantime, waste management and 3R policies have needed to be strengthened with a broader scope in all countries including developing countries.

In 2017, JWRF decided to change its internal organizational structure to strengthen activities for solving problems of waste management and 3R in developing countries, and thus created “The Support Center for Overseas Waste Management Business” (the Center) specifically working for such the challenge supported by Ministry of the Environment and several private companies.

Now, JWRF is functioning as a body to find technological solutions for managing both industrial and municipal wastes in and outside Japan by bridging industry, government, academia and civil society for developing new waste management technologies and systems.

3 Pillars of JWRF Activities and Selected R&D Themes

According to the Charter for the establishment of JWRF, the activities of the JWRF consist of the following three pillars:

  • R&D on waste management and 3R,
  • Enhancing public awareness by disseminating information including its R&D achievements to the public, and
  • Contribution for solving problems of waste management and 3R outside Japan.

The R&D themes include:

  • Proper and smooth management of waste produced by large-scale disaster,
  • Stabilization of offshore landfill sites,
  • Recycle and re-use of incineration ash, and
  • Energy recovery from small and medium size waste treatment facilities.

About the Center

Major Activities

Activities of the Center include:

  • Mobilizing waste management and 3R technologies of private companies to Asia and other developing countries,
  • Organizing seminars in and outside Japan, and
  • Capacity development of engineers in developing countries.

Mobilization of Japan’s Waste Management and 3R Technologies

On behalf of Japan’s Ministry of the Environment, the Center evaluates and selects project proposals by private business, and provides financial assistance for FS studies selected.

Waste Management and 3R Seminar

Since 2018, the Center has organized a series of seminars to update the member companies on the topics relating to waste management and 3R in and outside Japan.

The topics of seminars in Japan include:

  • Recent development of financing facilities for sustainable growth by Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC),
  • Current situations of waste management and 3R in developing countries and policy development of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA),
  • Global waste plastic problems: Challenges and opportunities, and
  • Waste management and 3R problems and policy development in developing countries.

Participation in G to G events

  • In 2019, the Center supported Business matching between Japanese and Vietnamese Business people during Japan-Vietnam Environment Solutions Week
  • In 2020, the Center jointly organized a seminar with SWAT (Solid Waste Management Association; a non-profit organization of Thailand) in Bangkok, Thailand during Japan-Thailand Environmental Solutions Week.

Member Companies

The Center’s activities are supported by 14 companies.
List of Member Companies (as of January 1, 2020)