Japan joins Minamata convention against mercury pollution

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Baku, February 3, AZERTAC

Japan became the 23rd country to join the Minamata Convention on Mercury, an international pollution treaty on the toxic metal that requires approval by 50 countries for it to take effect, according to The Japan Times.

The convention describes mercury as “a chemical of global concern.” It aims to cut emissions and releases of mercury into the environment and to establish protocols for mercury storage and disposal.

It would also regulate exports of the chemical and seek to ban by 2020 the manufacture of mercury-added products such as thermometers and batteries as well as their import and export.

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