Greetings from New JCIA Chairman Ishitobi
Japan Chemical Industry Association
Chairman Osamu Ishitobi
For the past two years, the Japan Chemical Industry Association (JCIA) has advanced various policies with the three themes of "Sharing and applying safety best practices", "Creation of innovations that contribute to society", and "Enhancing communication with society" under the leadership of former Chairman Yoshimitsu Kobayashi. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to former Chairman Kobayashi for manifesting strong leadership and steadily achieving results aiming at the reform and further development of the chemical industry.
For the next two years, I intend to continue these policies and also give priority to advancing the following three initiatives.
Efforts to Secure Safety
The occurrence of severe safety incidents over the past several years is cause for serious concern and I intend to keep on strengthening countermeasures under the basic policy that "securing safety is the chemical industry’s highest priority issue". While continuing to implement the Safety and Accident Prevention Guidelines and Best Practices of Safety and Disaster Prevention for the education of frontline personnel, JCIA will make efforts to secure safety in collaboration with all concerned parties to have these applied beyond the chemical industry.
Additionally, we will adopt the more advanced perspective that "efforts to secure safety generate new value", and positively examine new approaches such as using the Internet of Things for plant safety management.
Efforts for Chemical Management
The Global Product Strategy and Japan Initiative of Product Stewardship (GPS/JIPS), which are voluntary activities to manage chemical appropriately on a risk basis, are aimed at minimizing the harmful effects from chemical on health and the environment. GPS is an international effort which the global chemical industry agreed to implement. JCIA has actively promoted this initiative to date, and has provided diverse types of support. We now plan to hold explanation meetings for regional, mid-market, and small and medium-sized member companies, to expand efforts throughout the supply chain, hold more practitioner training courses in accordance with needs, raise the understanding of responsible parties, support the acquisition of skills, and otherwise contribute to raising the level of chemical management.
Contribution to Realizing a Sustainable Society
Amid calls for strengthening chemical management on a global scale and efforts to preserve the global environment, it is increasingly important for the chemical industry to utilize the knowledge and know-how it has accumulated in diverse fields for wide-ranging contributions toward the realization of a sustainable society.
Specifically, inside Japan, we will work to have the Responsible Care (RC) activities concept understood and recognized beyond the boundaries of the chemical industry, and contribute to manufacturing. Overseas, JCIA will continue implementing the RC Integrated Program -- which integrates educational assistance know-how on RC activities, chemical management, safety and disaster prevention -- in Asia and the ASEAN region, positively manifest leadership in the activities of the International Council of Chemical Associations and in other international frameworks such as the Japan-China Chemical Industry Conference and the Japan-ASEAN Economic and Industrial Cooperation Committee. In this way we intend to contribute to efforts to address global warming and other environmental issues and to upgrade the level of safety measures.
The chemical industry is a dream industry with limitless possibilities which has the potential to contribute to the resolution of food, resources, energy, environmental problems, and other issues presently facing the international community, and to realize a more abundant way of life. We will seek to make use of various opportunities to convey the usefulness and attractiveness of chemical to people in all walks of life, and increase public awareness of chemical.
We will earnestly work for the permanent development of Japan’s chemical industry, under the new administrative system, with the support and encouragement of JCIA member companies. Thank you for your continued guidance and support.