The present status and recent progress of Japan's waste management have been overviewed. The current Waste Disposal and Public Cleansing Law is first discussed to give the general framework of waste management. Relevant data on generation, collection and disposal are then given in tables and figures for both municipal solid waste (MSW) and night soil. Latest new legislation authorizing local authorities to construct large-scale offshore land reclamation projects in the near future is also summarized.

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