Japan has amended the Act on the Examination, Regulation, and Manufacture of Chemical Substances to include polychlorinated naphthalene (with two chlorine atoms) and pentachlorophenol (salt or ester) as Class I Specified Chemical Substances.
Under the new amendments:
- products with polychlorinated naphthalene (with two chlorine atoms) cannot be imported as
₋ lubricating oil and cutting oil
₋ wood preservatives
₋ paint (limited to those for antiseptic, insecticidal, or mold protection)
- pentachlorophenol (salt or ester) cannot be imported as
₋ wood antiseptic
The ban has an enforcement date of May 10, 2016.