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Japan tackles dioxin levels

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 27 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:830
  1. Claire Wallerstein
  1. Manila

    Authorities in Japan are taking urgent steps to counter the potentially harmful effects of high concentrations of dioxin in the environment.

    Recycling is almost unheard of in this heavily industrialised nation, where at least 75%of all waste is burnt, and Japan has 10 times more incinerators than the United States. Around 90%of the country's emissions of dioxin, a known carcinogen, are reported …

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