The Japanese Environment Agency (JEA) set up an Exogenous Endocrine Disrupting Chemical Task Force in March 1997 and, in May 1998, they announced their strategic programmes on environmental endocrine disrupters (SPEED'98/JEA). These included research on the present status of ED pollution, including surveys of possible effects in wildlife and human health, improvement of the research base, promotion of environmental risk assessment and strengthening of international cooperation. A budget of more than 10 billion yen was allocated to endocrine disrupter research. At least eight other ministries and agencies have an interest in the issue and coordination of their activities will be an important part of the work of the JEA.

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