Climate Change Adaptation Act

This Act aims at enhancing adaptation efforts in Japan. It enshrines into law the 2015 National Adaptation Plan and sets updated obligations. It charges authorities to take effective measures in various fields based on “reliable scientific information”. It further promotes international cooperation and the involvement of private entities in adaptation efforts.

Climate change impact assessments will have to be published every five years by the Ministry for the Environment. Municipalities should establish local climate change adaptation plans.

The Act will enter into force in December 2018.

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