Biodiversity / Food / Water

July 8, 2009


Japanese Technology to Help Address Global Water Problems

Keywords: Government Manufacturing industry Non-manufacturing industry University / Research institute Water 

In an attempt to address global water problems, the Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) Global Water Recycle System Association was established on November 28, 2008, to build an "All Japan" system that will bring together Japanese water treatment technologies and know-how. This association currently consists of 14 Japanese companies, and plans to develop activities for establishing a basis for business operations for water recycling systems, aiming toward global development by March 2014, in cooperation with the government and academia.

Despite its advanced water-processing technologies for clean water supply and wastewater treatment, Japan has had limited credentials in water business operations due to a lack of administrative management skills.

Against this backdrop, the Council on Competitiveness-Nippon (COCN) released a report in March 2008 on a project to promote water treatment technologies and effective use of water resources. COCN is a voluntary organization that compiles policy proposals to enhance Japan's industrial competitiveness and provides support for their realization through collaboration among industry, academia and government. The report also noted that full-scale support from the national government and relevant authorities is necessary for developing water businesses into competitive exports by utilizing highly advanced (water treatment) technologies. This has led to the establishment of the Global Water Recycle System Association.

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Posted: 2009/07/08 06:00:15 AM