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					To:    Japanese nationals and foreigners planning Antarctica tours


                                                                  April 9, 2008
                                                   Global Environment Bureau
                                          Ministry of the Environment, JAPAN


             Advance Notice to Ministry of the Environment, Japan
                      is required under Japanese Law


      Japan is one of the Parties to the Protocol on Environmental Protection to
the Antarctic Treaty (herein after refereed to as the “Protocol”), and so as to
ensure compliance with the Protocol, Japan has established the Law
Relating to Protection of the Environment in Antarctica (herein after
refereed to as the “Law”), which came into force on January 14th, 1998.
   Under the Law, any Japanese national, juridical persons of Japan,
foreigners residing in Japan, and foreign juridical persons having offices in
Japan whose employees engage in Antarctic Activities or are involved in the
supervision of Antarctic Activities in connection with the business of the said
juridical persons planning to land on the Antarctic continent are required to
be permitted by the Minister of the Environment, Japan in principle.
   (http://www.env.go.jp/earth/nankyoku/kankyohogo/houmon/index.html)
   By way of exception, the person who has been granted a permit from
Parties to the protocol other than Japan is not required to be permitted by
the Minister of the Environment, Japan, but is required to report to the
Ministry of the Environment, Japan in advance of the departure.
   We request all Japanese nationals and foreigners residing in Japan
planning to land on the Antarctic continent to follow the instruction below.
      ・Check whether the Antarctic tour you will join in is permitted by any
       Parties.
      ・In the case the Antarctic tour is permitted by any Parties, send or bring
       the report directly to the Ministry of the Environment in advance of the
       departure. (See SAMPLE for reference.)
      ・In the case the Antarctic tour is not permitted by any Parties, or the
       procedural situation is unknown, please contact the Ministry of the
       Environment.


  Antarctic Section
  Global Environmental Issues Division,   Global Environment Bureau
  Ministry of the Environment, JAPAN
  TEL: +81-(0)3-5521 8246
  FAX: +81-(0)3-3581 3346
  e-mail: antarctic@env.go.jp

				
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