Norms on the Environment: Creation and Compliance


Midori TANI / Ryozo HAYASHI

Credits / Language / Semester

2Credits / English / Winter


This course will look into different actions to protect the environment carried out by various actors, and think about norms on the environment.
Many kinds of efforts are needed to cope with the environmental problems. For example, creation of a law is an important step, but it would not have an effect without activities to ensure the compliance. This course aims at allowing students to think about means for protecting the environment from diverse viewpoints, discussing their ideas with other students.



Environment, Pollution, Policy, Regulation, Government, Administration, Monitoring, Water, Atmosphere, Energy, Efficiency, Norm, Compliance, Global Warming, Climate Change,


1. Introduction
2. Water Pollution Control in Japan1: History and Regulation of Effluents
3. Water Pollution Control in Japan2: Household Wastewater, Monitoring and Non-Point Sources
4. Water Pollution Control in Japan3: Discussion on Different Measures
5. Protecting Environmental Quality of Atmosphere in Japan1: History and Facts
6. Protecting environmental Quality of Atmosphere in Japan2: Measures Related to Automobiles
7. Protecting Environmental Quality of Atmosphere in Japan3: Discussion on Possible Recommendations
8. Protecting the Earth from Global Warming1: History and Facts in Japan
9. Protecting the Earth from Global Warming2: Framework Convention on Climate Change
10. Protecting the Earth from Global Warming3: Kyoto Protocol
11. Presentations by Students
12. Comments and Discussions on the Presentations
13. Activities by Industry
14. Wrap-up

Teaching Methods

About two-third of the classes will be lectures with Q&A, and others will be discussions and presentations by the students.


 Grading will be based upon the class participation and a final report.

Required Textbooks

Japan’s Environmental Policy
 Water and Soil Environmental Management in Japan
The Energy Situation in Japan

Reference Books

Annual Report on the Environment, the Sound Material-Cycle Society and the Biodiversity in Japan
Energy Policies of the IEA Countries

Notes on Taking the Course

Active participation in the class is required.

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