Dr. Jiro Kondo
Dr. Jiro Kondo has played a leading role in presenting a number of important policy recommendations to the Government of Japan, particularly in his former capacity as Chairman of the Environment Pollution Control Council (1990-1993) and as Chairman of the Central Environment Council (1993-2000). During that period it was clear that the existing legal framework, which worked mainly by imposing regulations, could no longer deal adequately with emerging complex and wide-ranging environmental problems, such as those caused by the growing number of automobiles, wastewater from different sources, and climate change.
Dr. Kondo presented a recommendation in March 1993 on Basic Environmental Law to chart a new direction for Japan's environmental policies. In November 1993, the Law was enacted. Another significant contribution was his recommendation on the measures toward Global Warming Prevention in March 1998, which put together a range of measures to be implemented to achieve the target Japan committed to at Kyoto in 1997. In October of the same year, Japan introduced the world's first law designed to prevent global warming, namely the Law Concerning the Promotion of Measures to Cope with Global Warming. Following his recommendation on the Basic Principles Governing Integrated Measures for Waste and Recycling Management presented in March 1999, the Basic Law for Establishing a Recycling-based Society was enacted in May 2000.
From 1985 to 1994, Dr. Kondo was President of the Science Council of Japan, and from 1980 to 1985, he was Director of the National Institute for Environmental Studies. Since 1994, he has been Chairman of the Science and Technology Foundation of Japan.