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Taiwan: Government Lifts Mask Export Ban and Loosens COVID-19 Restrictions

(June 26, 2020) On May 29, 2020, Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) announced that the ban on exporting masks made in Taiwan would be lifted effective June 1, 2020. The restriction that Taiwanese residents could send no more than 30 masks every two months to their overseas relatives was also lifted at the same […]

New Zealand; Singapore: New Declaration on Trade in Essential Goods for Combating the COVID-19 Pandemic

(Apr. 17, 2020) On April 15, 2020, the governments of New Zealand and Singapore “launched a new trade initiative to ensure supply chain connectivity and the removal of blockages to trade in a list of essential products that includes medicines, medical and surgical equipment.” The initiative builds on a joint statement by the two countries in […]

Japan: Fertilizer Regulation Act Amended

(Dec. 30, 2019) The Diet (Japan’s parliament) has enacted the Act to Amend the Fertilizer Regulation Act. The Act was published in the Official Gazette on December 4, 2019 (Act No. 62 of 2019 (Reiwa 1)) and will come into effect within one year, with some exceptions (Supp. Provisions art. 1). The Fertilizer Regulation Act […]

Japan: Act on Promotion of Exports of Agricultural, Forestry, Fishery and Food Products Enacted

(Dec. 16, 2019) The Diet, Japan’s parliament, enacted the Act on Promotion of Exports of Agricultural, Forestry and Fishery Products, and Food (Food Exports Promotion Act, Act No. 57 of 2019 (Reiwa 1)) in November 2019. The Act will take effect on April 1, 2020. (Food Exports Promotion Act, Supp. Provisions art. 1.) Japan’s food […]

Mexico: Bilateral Accords Signed with the United States

(Mar. 29, 2018) Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Luís Videgaray, and US Secretary of Homeland Security, Kerstjen Nielsen, witnessed the signing of three instruments of bilateral cooperation on March 26, 2018. The agreements aim to improve the economy on both sides of the border, especially benefiting workers and companies. (Firman México y EUA Instrumentos de […]

Japan: Basel Act Amended

(Sept. 12, 2017) The Act on Control of Export, Import, etc. of Specified Hazardous Wastes and Other Wastes (Basel Convention Act, Act No. 108 of 1992, E-GOV (in Japanese) is a Japanese domestic law corresponding to the Basel Convention to protect human health and the environment against the adverse effects of hazardous wastes.  (Overview, Basel […]

Japan: Chemical Substances Control Law Amended

(Sept. 6, 2017) Japan’s Chemical Substances Control Law (CSCL) aims to prevent environmental pollution caused by chemical substances that pose a risk to human health and interfere with the habitat and healthy development of flora and fauna.  (Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture etc., Act No. 117 of 1973, […]

China: National Plan on Banning “Foreign Garbage” and Reducing Solid Waste Imports

(Aug. 8, 2017) On July 27, 2017, China’s State Council released the Implementation Plan on Banning Entry of Foreign Garbage and Reforming the Administrative System of Solid Waste Importation (Plan). The Plan announces that by the end of 2017 solid waste posing a serious threat to the environment and causing widespread public concern will be […]

Japan/India: Diet Approves Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement

(June 14, 2017) The upper house (House of Councillors) of the Diet (Japan’s parliament) approved the Japan-India Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement on June 7, 2017. (Information on Bills: Japan-India Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement, House of Councillors website (in Japanese).) The Agreement had previously been signed on November 11, 2016. (Reason for Submission: Treaty No. 3, […]