During a trip to Washington in January, Yasutoshi Nishimura, Japan’s minister for economy, trade and industry, called for a new “network” for recycling rare metals with U.S. and Europe. Japan aims to set up a working group to promote cooperation on extracting the materials when it hosts the G-7 summit in May.
A framework for smoother cross-border transfer of waste is also in the works. In 2025, an updated Basel Convention concerning electronic waste will enter into force. The provisions will place restrictions on the transfer of hazardous e-waste, such as those containing lead or arsenic, as well as potentially explosive waste.