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Overview of the Main Tasks of the Battery Association of Japan (BAJ)

1. Standardization activities of battery specifications
The BAJ prepares drafts to establish and revise the Japanese Industrial Standard (JIS) for batteries and appliances based on guidelines from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), the former MITI Agency of Industrial Science and Technology.
The BAJ participates in the TC21, the SC21A and the TC35 meetings as a member of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), an international standards council, and works to promote IEC standards. Furthermore, the BAJ, as Secretary of the Commission, supervises the SC21A and TC35 meetings, and acts as the chair of the working group.
The BAJ establishes and revises battery and appliance-related standards that meet the SBA criteria.


2. Promotion of the recycling of used batteries and environmental protection activities
The BAJ promotes recycling activities such as the collection of used batteries for recycling, based on "Law for Promotion of Effective Utilization of Resources" and "Wastes Disposal and Public Cleaning Law." It also undertakes advertising activities to promote the collection and recycling of lead-acid batteries. Additionally, the general incorporated association JBRC (Japan Portable Rechargeable Battery Recycling Center), which was established under the BAJ, promotes the collection and recycling of portable rechargeable batteries.
The BAJ also promotes recycling technology for used primary dry batteries.
Internationally, the BAJ participates in the Trilateral Working Group conference (TWG) , related conferences in Europe and America, the OECD working group and other groups in order to exchange information and promote international collaboration.
The BAJ works to promote appropriate national regulations against water and air pollution in order to address environmental concerns.


3. Promotion of consumer safety issues
Batteries come in a wide variety of types and are used for many things.
They greatly enhance the quality of life and cultural horizonse of the average consumers, but safety is, of course, an important issue. For this reason, the BAJ works to promote battery and appliance policies, consumer education activities that encourage correct battery use, and the display of information based on laws governing manufacture responsibility (product liability laws) as well as instruction manuals that illustrate correct display methods.


4. Publicities for the promotion of consumer awareness on batteries
The activities of the BAJ are published monthly in the Denchi ("battery") newsletter. Furthermore, one month out of the year, from November 11th to December 12th, has been designated as Battery Month, and all types of advertising activities and events are organized for Battery Day, Carbattery Day to promote consumer battery awareness. BAJ members attend a variety of related exhibitions where they distribute pamphlets designed to expand consumer awareness.


5. Statistical surveys on the activities of battery industries
To introduce the activities of the battery industry, surveys are conducted to track battery and appliance production and distribution as well as battery consumption, and the information is published in the BAJ newsletter and distributed to all types of publications and groups.


6. Education of equipment engineers and approval of storage battery equipment models
Batteries for emergency power supplies for disaster-relief equipment must operate effectively when normal power supplies are down due to fire or other emergencies. For this reason, the manufacturing of products and their quality standards as well as the technical education and training of personnel certified to handle storage battery equipment, must be carried out under the guidance of the Fire and Disaster Management Agency and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.


7. Promotion of interchange activities with relevant domestic and international organizations
The BAJ promotes the exchange of information between domestic related industries as well as with the European and American battery industries and the China battery association.


8. Others
The BAJ works to promote environmental preservation and labor safety measures in connection with the battery industry as well as to actively promote all activities necessary for the development of the industry.


Recycling activities of the BAJ
All of us in present-day society want to protect our limited resources and keep the environment clean and beautiful. To do that, we have long promoted the collection of lead-acid batteries, and now we are able to maintain an ongoing systematic recycling workflow. Our recycling effort for NiCd batteries and other portable rechargeable batteries effectively reuses precious resources, such as nickel, cadmium and cobalt which require a sound, steady program to prevent negative effects upon the environment.
To address the problems of our diminishing resources and the damage inflicted upon our precious earth, we will actively promote dynamic recycling efforts so that we can contribute to widening the circle of life.