Japan Eyeing Uniform Ban on Free Plastic Shopping Bags

Politics

Tokyo, June 3 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada said Monday that his ministry is considering legislation on a uniform ban on supermarkets, convenience stores and other shops across the country providing customers with plastic shopping bags for free.

With the ban, the Environment Ministry aims to reduce the amount of plastic waste, which is increasingly becoming a major problem in society.

"We want to submit a related bill to parliament as early as possible so that the ban will be launched in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics," Harada said.

According to the minister, plastic shopping bags will be offered for fees, with fee levels to be set by each business.

The envisaged ban is expected to cover drug stores, department stores and other retail outlets, on top of supermarkets and convenience stores.

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