Japan Enacts Bill to Reduce Food Loss

Politics

Tokyo, May 24 (Jiji Press)--The Diet, Japan's parliament, passed into law Friday a bill to promote measures for reducing food loss, or food that can be eaten but is thrown away.

The lawmaker-sponsored bill was adopted unanimously at a plenary session of the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet. The bill passed the other chamber, the House of Representatives, earlier this month.

The law, which will come into effect within six months after its promulgation, defines the roles of central and local governments, companies and consumers in making efforts to address the problem of food loss as a nationwide movement.

Of the total 27.59 million tons of food waste in Japan in fiscal 2016, about 6.43 million tons of food could still be eaten, according to the agriculture ministry.

The new law obliges the central government to formulate basic policies on the promotion of measures to reduce food loss. It requires prefectural and municipal governments to make efforts to devise programs for food loss reduction.

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