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

An event in a department store in 1955
1956 ◆ Dish-washing detergent was launched.
◆ Japan Household Synthetic Detergent Association (JHSDA) was organized.
"Soap campaign" car, arround 1960
◆ Safety concern over the synthetic detergents arose, however, Ministry of Health & Welfare issued the report contradicting the anxiety.
◆ The annual production volume of synthetic detergents exceeded that of soaps.
◆ Rivers were affected by "suds-phenomenon" caused by synthetic detergents.
◆ The "Let's wash hands" campaign was developed, especially for elementary schools.
◆ ABS(hard type) in formulation of household synthetic detergents completely was converted to LAS(soft type).
◆ 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.
◆JSDA monthly news named "Clean Age" was published for public relation.

1974: First edition of "Clean Age"

◆ "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.
◆ 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.
◆ Manufacturers voluntarily limited phosphate level in laundry powders to 10% or less.
◆ Regulation to prevent eutrophication of Lake Biwa was enacted and issued.
◆ Major manufacturers launched phosphate-free synthetic detergents.
◆ Ibaraki Prefecture enacted "regulations to prevent eutrophication of Lake Kasumigaura."
◆ "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
◆ 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.
◆ JIS standards for toilet and laundry soap bars were issued.
◆ Phosphate-free products completely occupied the powder detergents market.
◆ 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.
◆ 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.)

"Clean Campaign" soap

Ceremony to award organizations for their efforts in keeping the environment clean
◆ 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.
◆ 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.
◆ International symposium on soap and detergent was held to celebrate the 40th anniversary of JSDA.
◆ Concentrated detergents accounted for 80% or more of powdered synthetic detergents market.
◆ 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.
◆ Manufacturers successively launched refill products
◆ 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.
◆ Hand washing liquids boosted sales because of pathogenic E.Coli O-157 infection.
◆ 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.

◆ 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.
◆ JSDA announced officially that "Alkylphenol-ethoxylate which may bring an endocrine disrupter,nonylphenol was not formulated in JSDA member company's products."
◆ The 2nd ASDAC was held in Korea.
◆ JSDA celebrated its 50th anniversary.
◆ JSDA opened web site.
◆ 3rd ASDAC was held at Taipei, Taiwan in October.
◆ 4th ASDAC was held at Beijing, China in October.
257.jpg◆ 5th ASDAC was held at Tokyo, Japan in August.
◆ For the first time, JSDA co-sponsored 6th World Conference on Detergent at Montreux.
◆ GHS discussion started with ASDAC members.
◆ 6th ASDAC was held at Chia-i, Taiwan in September. JSDA proposed GHS implementation guidance.
◆ ASDAC expand AOSDAC include Australia.
◆ 7th AOSDAC was held at Melbourne, Australia in October.
257.jpg◆ 7th World Conference on Detergent was held at Montreux in October.

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