TO ESTABLISH A SAFE AND SOUND ENVIRONMENT
FOR FUTURE CHILDREN
YOUR COOPERATION WITH THE JECS WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.
What is the Japan Environment and Children's Study?
In January, 2011, the Japan Environment and Children's Study (JECS), a study to examine the influence of chemicals in the environment on children's health and illnesses such as childhood asthma and allergic diseases, started nationwide. It is a large-scale study involving as many as 100,000 babies and their parents, and will follow children from before birth until they reach 13 years of age through periodic health check-ups.
The JECS is aiming to identify the effects of environmental factors on children's health, especially those factors of chemical exposure and living environment on the health of children from the fetal stage through childhood. Its eventual goal is to reflect the study findings in measures and systems for future environmental management, such as voluntary measures at various institutions, evaluation standards in regulating chemicals, environmental standars (for water of for soil) and so on, by providing the information to risk management officials and businesses concerned.
Why is the JECS needed?
In recent years three has been some change in circumstances affecting children's health or in children's health itself, such as the increase in sterility, miscarriages, neurodevelopment impairments (e.g. autism, development disorders), and allergic diseases (e.g. childhood asthma, atopic dermatitis). Since children in their fetal stage or childhood stage are especially vulnerable to environmental factors, such as environmental chemicals, it is important to identify the factors affecting children's health and then create an environment in which children grow up safe and sound. Universities, governments, medical institutions, and local communities are required to collaborate with each other and immediately address this issue in order to secure a safe future for children in the next generations.