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  The activities of JPIF are divided into the following principal categories such as social relations and environmental affairs (Administration/ Environmental Group), standardization (Standardization Group).
I. Administration / Environment Group
1. Social Relations
  Voluntary control action program as well as legislation preparation are in progress for quick establishment of a recycling-oriented society and breaking with the 'throw-away' society in order to achieve sustainable development in this century. The activities towards achieving such society are one of our major assignment. This is particularly important for plastics industry from the fact that plastics goods are widely used in the world.
  Reduce, reuse and recycle of plastics, and stopping fly-tipping plastics on beaches (especially stopping resin pellet spills from plastics industry) are our main subjects.
  1-1 Management of end-life plastics products and post-use plastics goods
    To cope with international and domestic legislative movement, and decision after deliberation of 'Waste /Recycle Subcommittee of Industrial Structure Council' of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, we are working together with 'Plastic Waste Management Institute', 'Clean Japan Centre' and others.
    (1) Recycle of Post-use Plastics Container and Packaging
      To promote the recycling under 'Container and Packaging Law' and 'Law for Promotion of Effective Utilization of Resources', our Plastics Material Labeling Committee are working for labeling for selective collection and information on plastics materials of plastics goods through partnership with 'Plastic Packaging Recycling Council'. Further, they are working for other plastics goods than package and container.
    (2) Industrial waste
      For setting the target of waste reduction, survey on industrial waste from plastics processing industry (including plastics waste as by-products) are annually conducted together with 'Clean Japan Centre'.
  1-2 Environment and Safety
    There is great awareness about safety of chemicals in the public, because lot of different chemicals are used in plastics, which may enter the environment during manufacture, use or disposal. We are tackling this difficult issue in support of 'Japan Chemical Association' and other related association.
    (1) Regarding fly-tipping plastics, one of our committee have started campaign against resin spills and survey on preventing actions for resin spills in the factory as the first step.
    (2) Regarding Carbon Dioxide reduction ti means the reduction of energy consumption in the plastics processing industry. Survey on energy consumption is scheduled as voluntary action program.

2. Plastics Industry Relations
  Statistics, International relations, Public relations and others are carried out on a regular basis.
  2-1 Statistics
    Collection and analysis of statistical information on the plastics industry.
    (1) Monthly and yearly statistics of plastics material production, sales and inventory (provisional and final).
    (2) Monthly and yearly indexes of wholesale trade on plastics materials products and related chemicals.
    (3) Monthly and yearly statistics of import/export of plastics materials and products.
  2-2 International Relations
    (1) Far East Plastics Industry Conference
      JPIF, 'Korea Plastic Industry Cooperative' and 'The Taiwan Plastics Industry Association' have a meeting in turns annually for the Information exchange and better communication about issues to tackle for plastic industry.
    (2) Council of International Plastics Association Directors (CIPAD)
      CIPAD represents all associations from all nations of the world and has a meeting annually. The purpose of CIPAD is to foster close co-operation, making the organization an important player in servicing and advocating the interests of the plastic industry through the world.
    (3) Contribution to Plastics Processing Industry in East ASEAN Countries
      On request of JODC and JETRO, we have made arrangement of the dispatch of engineers for plastics processing.
  2-3 Public Relations
    (1) Monthly publication of magazine 'Plastics' and in-house news letter 'JPIF news' and renewal of information in URL on regular basis.
    (2) Publishing members directory on a biannual basis and associations directory.
    (3) Publication of explanatory booklet on plastics and its industry in plain terms.
    (4) Press conference on a monthly basis to explain plastics Industry and JPIF activities.
II. Standardization Group
  The group is concerned with the activities of international standardization of ISO and IEC and of the national standardization in the fields of plastics and their products and is administered by Board of Standardization.
1. ISO standards related
  The group participated in the area of ISO TC61 (Plastics) and ISO/TC138 (Plastics pipes, fittings and valves) through the respective standardization committee by managing their domestics SC mirror committees and by performing the secretariats of ISO/TC61/CS11 (Plastics products) and ISO/TC138.
  1-1 Administration of mirror committees
    TC administrative committee and TC technical committee respective of TC61 and TC138, and their respective SC mirror committees, of which activities at this moment include.
    (1) Participation in the national projects such as ISO/JIS alignment project
    (2) Discussion of ISO draft standards and formulation of Japanese vote and comments
    (3) Participation in related international TC/SC/WG meetings
  1-2 Secretariats of ISO committees
    Being consigned by Japan Industrial Standardization Council (JISC), the group supports the secretariats of ISOs.
    (1) ISO/TC61/SC11 secretariat
      Taking over form Sweden in 1980, JPIF has performed the secretariat of SC11 of which supporting committee is comprised of 25 related member industrial associations.
    (2) ISO/TC138 secretariat
      JPIF succeeded the secretariat from Netherlands, of which supporting committee is comprised of 10 related member associations.

2. JIS standards related
  2-1 Participation in JISC activities
    The group contributes to administration of JISC by participating in ISO committee, Technical committee of chemical products (plastics, rubber, paints etc.) and Technical committee of general chemistry (basic chemical analysis, chemical reagent etc.).
  2-2 Preparation of draft JIS
    Jointing the project of Japan Standardization Association (JSA), the drafting committees of JIS standards are managed by the group.

3. Safety of plastics in electric and electronic applications and related standards
  The committee "Safety of plastics in electric and electronic applications" comprising of experts from concerned plastics manufacturing association, represents Japanese plastics industries in cooperating with electric and electronic industry associations, such as Japan Electronics & Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) and Certification Management Council for Electrical and Electronic Components and Materials of Japan (CMJ) etc. through participating in their committees, including dispatching the expert to IEC mirror committees related to plastics materials, such as IEC/TC89(Fire hazard testing),TC108 (Safety of electronic equipment within the field of audio/video, information technology and communication technology), TC111 (Environmental standardization for electrical and electronic products and systems), TC112 (Evaluation and qualification of electrical insulating materials and systems), and also JIS drafting committees for electronic materials for harmonization with IEC standards.