No Improvements In Japan's Air Pollution Levels

Japan has been experiencing Air Pollution for a long time now and it only seems increasing by the time and to fight the problem Japan has to take some major steps as soon as possible. People are badly affected and back in 2007, Ishikawa who is the vice president of the group who helped people to get the compensation for the harm and problem they went through due to the air pollution won the case from local government and the lawmakers of Japan. Now, the group is hitting back to get the compensation of those who are suffering because of air pollution.

Takao Nishimura, a lawyer for the group conveyed, “Air pollution causes respiratory diseases such as asthma and chronic bronchitis, and I believe this is a public health hazard, Although there has been some improvement in recent years, air pollution in central Tokyo is still at worrisome levels. High summer temperatures are a concern ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, but there are also concerns about the health and condition of athletes due to air pollution.” Japan is experiencing rapid growth in its air pollution since 1990 as the report by State of Global Air 2019 conveys. According to the reports by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, “The EU and Japan both experienced 14 percent declines, mostly since 2010, but both still had about 80 percent of their populations living in areas above the World Health Organization guidelines in 2017.”

Lauri Myllyvirta, an energy analyst with Greenpeace International says, “If you think about the Summer Olympics, ozone is something that peaks in the summer and it affects the performance of athletes, so it’s definitely an issue.” Eric Zusman, a researcher at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, a Kanagawa Prefecture-based group that works with the national government conveyed, “While Tokyo is still struggling with ozone, and PM2.5 only recently complied with standards, air quality is still much better than most of the cities featured in the media in recent years. Some of the main sources of air pollution in Tokyo still come from mobile sources that contribute to PM2.5 and nitrogen oxide (and therefore tropospheric ozone), but there has been significant progress in regulating mobile sources over the past 15 years. Much of this progress is evident in the trends in PM2.5 and the significant reductions over the past few years.”


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