Following the Kyoto protocol, the Japanese government has proposed to replace approximately 20 % (2.5 to 3 million tons per year) of conventional plastics with plastics from renewable resources by late 2010s. As a consequence, polymer producers throughout Japan have started to develop sugar- or biomass-based polymers such as PLA, PHAs or other biopolymers. The Japan Bioplastics Association (JBPA) has over 240 registered members, and many institutes in the public domain carry out research in this field. Window-to-Japan offers ready access to industrial and academic research concerning the production of biopolymers and their base materials.
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