THE FORMER “PEOPLE’S ASSOCIATION ON COUNTERMEASURES ON
DIOXINS AND ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS”
“People’s Association on Countermeasures on Dioxins and Endocrine Disruptors” was an NGO established on September 19, 1998. Today existence of all the organisms on the earth is threatened by spread of chemical substances including dioxins and endocrine disruptors. 158 female lawyers in Japan, with a strong sense of crisis, were urged to do something to solve the problem to bring back our future to the children. Therefore, they called for the formation of a national organization. 50 promoters consisting of various specialists such as scholars, doctors, writers, journalists, etc., established this organization in response to the female lawyers address. The association aims to influence the government and achieve effective measures to avoid the crisis by making pertinent political suggestions and arousing public opinion.
THE DECLARATION OF ESTABLISHMENT FOR PEOPLE’S ASSOCIATION
All the species, including the mankind, are now in the crisis due to the contamination caused by chemicals such as dioxins and endocrine disruptors. The chemical pollutants could cause the cancers and injure reproductive health of human beings and animals by disrupting the endocrine systems. Moreover, the chemical pollutants in the maternal body could be transferred to the fetus through the placenta and to the infants through breast milk, threatening our lives and reproductive capability. The contamination is spreading all over the world, and it will be handed down from generation to generation.
The chemical contamination has been brought by the life-style of industrial societies in which the system of mass production, mass consumption and mass disposal is established, and insatiate pursuit of convenience and excessive dependency on chemical substances are still remained uncontrolled. We, human beings, are producing more than a hundred thousand chemicals and releasing them on the earth without paying enough attention to its safety. In the result, it has put us into jeopardy.
It is our responsibility to solve the problem and preserve our precious planet, reviewing the current life-style radically. Immediately we have to implement effective countermeasures. The solution of dioxins and endocrine disruptors’ problems should be the social and political obstacle to be cleared with the top priority. Nevertheless, the legislative and administration in Japan are notably slow in taking action. It is now that we, as sovereigns, stand up and move the government by ourselves, not just criticizing them. We need to propose the policies on countermeasures as well as lead the government with appropriate information. Since the crisis is complex, it should be tackled from many directions. The proposals for policies are hardly established by only limited number of specialists. We need to combine disinterested efforts of various people such as specialists of different fields, citizens, NGOs, political parties, labor unions and industrial world to share our knowledge, overcoming the respective differences.
The People’s Association has been established to respond to the demand described above. We aim to fundamentally solve the dioxins and endocrine disruptors’ problems by proposing policies. Our proposals will cover a wide range of issues, such as the completion of investigation and research system, the urgent implementation of countermeasures against dioxins generation considering breast milk contamination issue, the drastic review on chemical substance regulation, and the maintenance of waste legislation. We, hereby, declare that we will work sincerely for the solution of the problems with our best effort.
September 19, 1998
FROM PEOPLE’S ASSOCIATION TO JEPA
People’s Association obtained a legal personality as a specified non-profit organization in October 2009 and changed its name in English from “People’s Association on Dioxins and Endocrine Disruptors” to “Japan Endocrine-disruptor Preventive Action (JEPA).”
There are a great amount of chemical substances around us. While chemical substances have brought various benefits to our lives, they caused tragic environmental and health disasters including Minamata diseases, Kanemi Yusho, SMON diseases in the past. Recently chemical substances have been causing new disasters such as sick-house syndrome and multiple chemical syndrome. Furthermore, chemical substances are suspected to have some relations with increasing diseases such as various cancers, allergic diseases including atopic dermatitis and asthma, and developmental disabilities including learning disability, behavioral disabilities, and high functioning autism.
Toxic chemical substances such as Dioxin and Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals are globally spreading and posing threats on wild organisms via food chains. Moreover, these toxic chemical substances transfer from mothers to children through placenta and breast milk and pose grave threats on lives and health of innocent children in the future.
It is the responsibility of current generation to avoid the danger of pollution by toxic chemical substances and to take back a safe and secure environment for children in the future and wild organisms. To this aim, the current chemical substance management system controlled by sectionalisms must be reviewed fundamentally and new chemical policies, which are studied from multilateral and comprehensive perspectives, should be established. Unfortunately, Japanese government’s legislative and administrative responses to chemical threats are extremely lagged behind. This is the time that citizens stand up as sovereigns to drive legislation and administration of the nation.
With such recognitions, the former “People’s Association on Countermeasures on Dioxins and Endocrine Disruptors,” since its foundation in 1998, advocated new policies such as three urgent recommendations on dioxins, and proposals on Basic law concerning Recycling-based society, Children’s health protection law, Basic law concerning asbestos, and Basic law concerning chemical substances management. Although it was fortunate that our recommendations and proposals were well supported by many citizens and we saw certain progresses, we have not reached at satisfactory solutions. Considering that it takes long until new policies show effects in the field of chemical substances, there is not so much time left for us. In order to avoid irrecoverable situations, we need to urgently establish a new chemical substance management system which can secure a safe environment for wild organisms and human beings. For such purposes, “People’s Association” resolved on enhancing its activities.
Accordingly, commemorating its tenth year, “People’s Association” obtained a legal personality as a specified nonprofit organization and changed its name in English to “Japan Endocrine-disruptor Preventive Action (JEPA) to strengthen its organizational foundations and to promote further activities. Taking this opportunity, JEPA declares to address chemical substance issues even more earnestly to take back a toxic free environment by more widely collaborating with people and organizations working in various fields.
March 10, 2009
OBJECTIVES AND SCOPE
JEPA aims at contributing to realize a safe and secure world where there is no threat of chemical substances by advocacy and lobbying concerning policy and legislation concerning chemical issues and by raising public awareness concerning chemical issues through dissemination of information and educational programs.
SCOPE OF NON PROFIT ACTIVITIES
In order to achieve the objectives, JEPA conducts non-profit activities in the following fields.
(1) Environmental conservation
(2) Local safety
(3) Protection of human rights and/or promotion of peace
(4) International cooperation
(5) Promotion of children’s health and sound development
(6) Protection of consumers
(7) Operation, coordination, consulting, and/or assistance of organizations which work in the above fields.
1 In order to achieve the objectives, JEPA conducts the following works related to the non-profit activities above.
(1) Recommendation on policy and legislation concerning issues related to chemical substances
(2) Information gathering and sharing
i Research of chemical issues
ii Dispatch of lecturers regarding chemical issues
(3) Awareness raising and education
i Production of newsletters, research reports, booklets regarding chemical issues
ii Operation of websites
iii Hosting study meetings, seminars, symposiums and etc. regarding chemical issues.
iv Hosting events
(4) Other activities necessary to achieve the objectives
2 JEPA will conduct other activities.
(1) Editing and sales of books and etc.
3 Activities of editing and sales of books and etc. are limited to the degree where the activities listed in the first section are not adversely affected. The profits from editing and sales of books and etc. are appropriated to the activities listed in the first section.
|2010. 02.19||Submission of Policy recommendation on neonicotinoid pesticides to legislators including members of Democratic Party of Japan, a governing party.|
|2010.02.22||Jointly hosting a study meeting “Introducing a fundamental law regarding chemical substances”|
|2010.03.18||Conference with vice deputy secretary-general of the Democratic Party of Japan regarding neonicotinoid pesticides|
|2010.03.19||Discussion with government officers regarding neonicotinoid pesticides|
|2010.03.25||Jointly hosting a study meeting “International trend on chemical management”|
|2010.04.21||Jointly hosting a study meeting “Stop registration and sales of neonicotinoid pesticides”|
|2010.04.29||Hositing a booth at “Farm Aid” a event promoting organic foods.|
|2010.07.24||Hosting an annual assembly memorial lecture “Bees, ecological system and human beings affected by neonicotinoid pesticides”|
|2010.07.24||Publishing JEPA booklet 7 “Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MSC) – Latest development on treatment and research”|
|2010.10.10||Publishing a brochure “The Threat of Neonicotinoid Pesticides on Honeybees, Ecosystems, and Humans”|
|2009. 02.18||Hosting a study meeting “Children’s health and Endocrine Disruptors”|
|2009. 04.02||Jointly hosting a symposium “For revision of Chemical evaluation law and legislation of fundamental law regarding chemical substances”|
|2009.07.19||Hosting a study meeting “Why is the number of bees decreasing in Japan?”|
|2009.09.13||Hosting a study meeting “What do we do about increasing neonicotinoid insecticides?”|
|2009.10.03||Jointly hosting an international seminar regarding multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS) “ The edge of researches”|
|2009.11.28||Hosting an annual assembly memorial lecture “Warnings from defected daisies”|
|2009.12.05||Jointly hosting a study meeting “How can we secure food safety? –a study case of ‘EKONA’ oil”|
EXECUTIVE BOARD (AS OF OCT. 2009)
|PRESIDENT:||Ryo Tatsukawa (Ex-president of Kohchi University)|
|SECRETARY GENERAL:||Yuko Nakashita (Attorney at law)|
|BOARD MEMBERS||Chisato Mori
|AUDITOR||Masami Kittaka||Keito Nishimura|
Japan Endocrine-disruptor Preventive Action (JEPA)
Toda Bldg. 4F, 1-21, Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 105-0004, JAPAN