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History of Japan Soap and Detergent Association (JSDA)

1950

Japan Fat & Oil Processors Association(JFOPA) and Japan Soap Association(JSA) were organized.

The government lifted the price and distribution control on household soaps and the raw material oils.

1951

Petrochemical-based synthetic detergent was first introduced in Japan.

The nation-wide "Let's wash hands" campaign was developed by JSA first after the World War.BATHCLIN CORPORATION

1955

JFOPA and JSA merged to form the new entity, Japan Fats & Oil Association (JFOA).

An event in a department store in 1955
An event in a department store in 1955
1956

Dish-washing detergent was launched.

1961

Japan Household Synthetic Detergent Association (JHSDA) was organized.

Soap campaign car, arround 1960
Soap campaign car, arround 1960
1962

Safety concern over the synthetic detergents arose, however, Ministry of Health & Welfare issued the report contradicting the anxiety.

1963

The annual production volume of synthetic detergents exceeded that of soaps.

1964

Rivers were affected by "suds-phenomenon" caused by synthetic detergents.

1966

The "Let's wash hands" campaign was developed, especially for elementary schools.

1972

ABS(hard type) in formulation of household synthetic detergents completely was converted to LAS(soft type).

1973

JFOA and JHSDA merged to create the present entity, Japan Soap & Detergent Association (JSDA).

Eutrophication issue in closed water areas such as lakes and marshes emerged.

Oil shock confusion caused detergent panic sudden increase of detergents demand , and a large amount of detergents was shipped to Osaka and Tokyo markets as an emergency measure.

1974

JSDA monthly news named "Clean Age" was published for public relation.

S1974: First edition of
1974: First edition of "Clean Age"
1975

"Annual Report on Water Quality " was published by JSDA.

The Ministry of Health & Welfare published its experiment results, concluding that mutagenicity caused by LAS was not identified.

1976

Amendments were made to the labeling law on synthetic detergents under the Household Goods Quality Labeling Law, and labeling law on laundry and dish-washing soaps was newly effective.

1979

Manufacturers voluntarily limited phosphate level in laundry powders to 10% or less.

Regulation to prevent eutrophication of Lake Biwa was enacted and issued.

1980

Major manufacturers launched phosphate-free synthetic detergents.

1981

Ibaraki Prefecture enacted "regulations to prevent eutrophication of Lake Kasumigaura."

1983

"Let's wash hands" campaign stickers were distributed to 75,000 restaurants, etc.

The Environmental Hygiene Bureau, Ministry of Health & Welfare published the report " Toxity of detergents and its Evaluation", and confirmed that there was no problem regarding to the safety of detergents.

Let's wash hands campaign sticker in 1983!
"Let's wash hands" campaign sticker in 1983
1984

JSDA reported the results of "the survey on environmental effects of synthetic detergents in Lake Biwa" which it had been carried out since 1981, and concluded that LAS didn't affect environment.

"Fair competition regulation on synthetic detergent and soap labeling" was enacted.

1985

JIS standards for toilet and laundry soap bars were issued.

Phosphate-free products completely occupied the powder detergents market.

1986

The 100th edition of JSDA "Clean Age" was published.

"Let's wash hands" campaign was developed through prints media, and 144,000 campaign stickers were distributed to elementary schools all over Japan.

1987

Symbol mark of "Clean Campaign" was designed.

Concentrated detergents were launched.

JSDA awarded 7 organizations for their efforts to retain the water quality and the environment.(Annual JSDA award was created as a part of the Clean Campaign.)

L Clean Campaign soap
"Clean Campaign" soap
Ceremony to award organizations for their efforts in keeping the environment clean
Ceremony to award organizations for their efforts in keeping the environment clean
1988

The labeling on chlorine-containing bleach and acidic household detergents was revised to make it more understandable for preventing chlorine gas generated by mixing both products.

The guidebook titled "First-aid for accidental ingestion/misapplication of household detergents" was issued.

1989

As a part of Clean Campaign, JSDA supported the national sports Sumo (awarding the winning Sumo wrestler in the tournaments, distributing the disposal bags for Sumo watchers' leavings, etc.)

Concentrated fabric softener requiring only one-third of the ordinary usage was launched.

1990

International symposium on soap and detergent was held to celebrate the 40th anniversary of JSDA.

1991

Concentrated detergents accounted for 80% or more of powdered synthetic detergents market.

1992

Degradation rate of anionic surfactants in home-waste-water-treatment (W.W.T.) system reached approximately 98%, equivalent to that in sewer systems. (The survey was carried out with the cooperation of the W.W.T. system manufacturers.)

Hand over JSDA trophy to the winner of Sumo Wrestling.
Hand over JSDA trophy to the winner of Sumo Wrestling.
1994

Manufacturers successively launched refill products

1995

Container and Package Recycling Law was established to promote recycling of consumer container and package.

The first eddition of English "JSDA News" was published.

JSDA donated 10 million yen aid to the victims of the great Hanshin and Awaji earth quake through the Nippon Keizai Sinbun.

The ratio of soaps and detergents imported from Southeast Asia increased.

1996

Hand washing liquids boosted sales because of pathogenic E.Coli O-157 infection.

1997

Body shampoo sales surpassed those of bath soap bars.

The market share of concentrated fabric softeners reached 65% in total fabric softener market.)

JSDA exhibited at History of the Industrial Technology Exhibition.

Demonstration at History of Industrial Technology Exhibition.
Demonstration at History of Industrial Technology Exhibition.
Demonstration at History of Industrial Technology Exhibition.

The 1st Asia Soap and Detergent Association Conference(ASDAC) was held in Japan, attended with the representatives from Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

Major revision was carried out on Household Goods Quality Labeling Law.

The manufacturer's voluntary guideline on "Policies on environment-friendly container/packaging" was settled.

1999

The 2nd ASDAC was held in Korea.

2000

JSDA celebrated its 50th anniversary.

JSDA opened web site.

2001

3rd ASDAC was held at Taipei, Taiwan in October.

2003

4th ASDAC was held at Beijing, China in October.

2005

5th ASDAC was held at Tokyo, Japan in August.

2006

Established the target of reducing the use of plastic containers and packaging by 30% per product weight (as of 1995) by 2010.

Sent an open questionnaire to 4 municipalities that supported the movement against synthetic detergents..

The Detergent and Soap Fair Trade Council established standard disinfectant labeling for kitchen and household detergents.

Published a revised version of the "Detergent Safety and Environmental Compatibility" leaflet.

Established voluntary standards for medicated soap.

Started examination of "disinfectant" labeling for kitchen and household detergents based on standards.

Discussed the creation of an international framework for GHS at International Cleaning Products Associations Information Exchange (ICPAIE) Secretaries-general Meeting.

Started negotiations with Asian countries with the goal of introducing GHS.

Participated in the World Conference on Fabric and Home Care held in Switzerland as an official sponsor for the first time.

2007

Established a research subsidy program to effectively use glycerin, which is a by-product of the rapidly growing BDF (biodiesel fuel) production process.

Delivered a JSDA Clean Seminar for the general public on the theme of "the safety of chemical substances." We carried out the seminar 4 additional times.

Publicized a risk assessment document concerning optical brighteners.

Researched the removal rate of surfactants (LAS, AE, and AO) at sewage treatment plants. Confirmed a removal rate of 99% or more for each surfactant.

Formed a GHS-compatible working group with North America, Europe, and Australia

Exhibited a poster at the American Oil Chemists' Society meeting (in Canada).

Proposed collaborative introduction of GHS at the 6th ASDAC Taiwan Conference.

Announced the achievement of a 30% reduction in the use of plastic containers and packaging.

2008

The New York market recorded the highest ever crude oil price, 1 barrel = $147, which accelerated the increase in fat and oil prices.

Posted examples to reduce use of plastic containers and packaging on our website (ongoing activity).

Participated in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Chemical Dialogue (APEC CD) and started activities to obtain approval of GHS implementation guidance.

Issued a revised edition of "Relevant Laws and Regulations on Soap and Detergents."

Revised the voluntary standards for the Detergent and Bleach Safety Measures Council (reinforced labeling to prevent inhalation accidents).

CLEAN AGE became an A4-size, 8-page booklet from issue No.214.

2009

Hand soap demand increased due to the H1N1 influenza pandemic. The volume of liquid products sold, which was approximately 19,000 tons in 2000, reached approximately 70,000 tons in 2009.

Started the Clean Campaign "Wash-Hands-For-Clean-Hands Poster Contest" (ongoing activity).

Published guidance regarding GHS labeling on consumer products.

The technical committee on fat and oil products worked on a draft plan and revised the JIS standard for the first time in 20 years.

The 7th AOSDAC (ASDAC was renamed the Asia Oceania Soap and Detergent Associations Conference) was held in Australia. Discussions on GHS introduction were continued.

2010

60th anniversary of JSDA's founding

Performed risk assessment of AO (surfactant) in terms of human health effects and environmental impact, and announced that the results indicated that there were no problems.

Established a working group to evaluate ingredient labeling on detergents.

Carried out the fact-finding laundry survey 2010.

The Fats & Oils Committee dispatched a research team to the Philippines and Malaysia.

Exhibited a poster and made a presentation at the 7th World Conference on Detergents (WCD) held in Switzerland.

Held the Clean Campaign "Wash-Hands-For-Clean-Hands Poster Contest 2010."

2011

Started GHS labeling of chlorine bleaches.

Established voluntary standards for household consumer products ingredient labeling.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry recommended laundry detergents that allow for a "single rinse cycle" as products that contribute to energy conservation.

Set a target of reducing container packaging usage by 40% by 2015.

The 8th AOSDAC was held in Beijing.

2012

Established voluntary standards for dishwashing detergents.

Held a joint session with a US association on the "Environmental Safety of Surfactants" at an international conference (SETAC Asia-Pacific Conference).

2013

Participated in the World Conference on Fabric and Home Care.

Delivered a lecture at the request of the Kasumigaura Issue Council.

Carried out an interview survey on detergent measurement regarding users of front-loading washing machines.

Worked with international associations at the 9th World Surfactant Congress and Business Convention CESIO 2013.

The 9th AOSDAC was held in India (in Mumbai).

2014

A disinfection test method for laundry detergent was established. At last, three disinfection test methods for kitchen detergent, household detergent, and laundry detergent were established.

Created and presented a risk assessment result sheets regarding the impact of ester quaternary salts on human health and the environment.

Attended the World Conference on Fabric and Home Care held in Switzerland (in Montreux).

The Fats & Oils Committee dispatched the 9th Overseas Research Team to Thailand and Malaysia.

2015

The 10th AOSDAC organized by JSDA was held in Tokyo.

20 years had passed since the start of plastic reduction initiatives.

Carried out the fact-finding laundry survey 2015.

Drew attention to the issue of accidental ingestion by elderly people.

The number of entries to the "Wash-Hands-For-Clean-Hands Poster Contest" exceeded 10,000.

2016

60th anniversary of the invention of kitchen detergent

Attended the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) annual meeting (in Orlando), and exchanged information with executives from various associations (ICPAIE).

Attended the World Conference on Fabric and Home Care (in Singapore).

The Fats & Oils Committee dispatched the 10th Overseas Research Team to the US.

Announced a reduction in the usage of plastic containers and packaging as well as the Third Voluntary Action Plan. The new target is "a reduction of 42% compared to the 1995 level by 2020."

2017

Attended the American Cleaning Institute ( ACI) annual meeting (in Orlando).

Announced the development of new safety symbols for detergents and successive introduction from 2018.

Attended the General Assembly of the International Association for Soaps, Detergents, and Maintenance Products (A.I.S.E.) and introduced examples and methods to reduce usage of plastic containers and packaging.

Delivered a keynote speech at the 11th Asia Oceania Soap and Detergent Associations Conference (AOSDAC 2017, Taipei City).

2018

Attended the American Cleaning Institute ( ACI) annual meeting (in Orlando).

Made good progress introducing safety symbols to household goods (e.g., detergents).

Delivered a lecture at the International Panel of the Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association's (CCSPA) 60th Anniversary Convention.

Delivered a lecture and exhibited a poster at the 50th Symposium on Washing commemoration meeting.

Revised the voluntary standards for fabric softeners.