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Update:April 1, 2018


ICETT organizes a variety of Training Program in Japan or overseas on:

- Environmental protection (air/water quality issues),

- Waste managemnet (urban/industrial),

- Energy conservation technology, climate issues,

- Environmental education, etc.

from the view of policy management and technical for various countries.

If you are interested in ICETT's training program, kindly please fill up the Questionnaire Form on the Training Course, as per the attached, and send it back to webmaster@icett.or.jp.


Background of ICETT

ICETT is located in Yokkaichi, a city that has dramatically grown as one of Japan's leading industrial centers since the nation's first petrochemical complex was constructed here on the site of a former naval fuel depot in 1959 and two more complexes were built in 1963 and 1972. During the country's period of industrialization, severe pollution caused devastating damage to the health and environment of the local community. Before long, “Yokkaichi air pollution” became notorious worldwide. As a result of the joint efforts by industry, local governments and research institutes to prevent it, however, the serious air pollution was overcome, dramatically improving the local community's living environment.

In March 1990, ICETT - the International Center for Environmental Technology Transfer - was established by the Mie Prefectural Government, the Yokkaichi Municipal Government, and the active support of the national government (the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry: METI), leading industrial companies and academic institutions in Japan. Its purpose is to transfer pollution control technology and environmental administrative know-how accumulated in Japan to developing countries. ICETT seeks to conserve and improve the environment in countries that are having difficulty in coping with industrial pollution caused by their rapid industrialization, thereby helping conserve the global environment.

For that purpose, ICETT carries out various activities, such as “training and technical guidance”, “research and development”, “surveys and provision of information”, and “dissemination and public awareness”. By effectively coordinating these activities, ICETT promotes the technology transfer with an emphasis on meeting the specific needs in each country.


ICETT is a non-profit professional and technical organization authorized by the Cabinet Office of Japan. Its objective is to transfer technology and measures to conserve the environment to developing countries. Since ICETT itself does not provide financial assistance in any way or form, its programs, such as research and development, and human resources development, are normally subsidized or commissioned by other sources including Japan's ODA - Official Development Assistance - , local governments, or the private sector.

Characteristics of Training Programs

As Japan's first organization specializing in international environmental cooperation, ICETT offers the following training programs:

  • ICETT provides expertise in technical management and technology to meet the needs of the participants, reflecting the particular situations in these countries or regions in the training. This enables the comprehensive enhancement of the participants’ skills.
  • ICETT is located in Yokkaichi, a city that once suffered from environmental issues such as offensive odor, air pollution caused by sulfur oxides, and water pollution. The pollution developed into serious social problems. ICETT was established through the joint efforts of local governments and industrial circles as an organization to promote the importance of environmental conservation in other countries so they do not have to go through the same issues this city has struggled with in the past. For this purpose, ICETT conducts a wide variety of training courses on administrative policies for environmental conservation, technical measures to be taken by the industry, and measures to promote recycling-oriented societies.
  • Training programs consist not only of classroom lectures but also field trips to cooperating companies and research institutes, discussions, and presentations of reports.
  • Lecturers include experts with diverse backgrounds from governments, private companies and research institutes, as well as ICETT staff members, to provide the comprehensive content of the training courses.

Outline of Training Programs

For the purpose of developing human resources in the field of environmental conservation, ICETT provides training programs for government officials, engineers and researchers from other countries, mainly on Japanese administrative measures and technology regarding environmental conservation.

At present, ICETT has two types of human resources development training programs. One is based in Japan which accepts participants from abroad. The other is conducted overseas with lecturers and experts sent to the venues abroad. 

Overseas Training Programs

  • These programs are intended for sister cities of local Japanese governments or the subjects of ICETT’s surveys and assistance programs, and include on-site guidance, seminars, and follow-ups overseas.

Methods to Apply for or Request Training Programs

  • Proposals and cost estimation for training plans will be provided by ICETT staff responsible for them. 



Training Methods

ICETT applies the following training methods to facilitate smooth realization of its training programs.

1. Curriculum

  • Training process:  Proposed the objectives and target participants.
  • Training style : Lectures, report presentations, discussions, laboratory exercises, field trips to environment-related facilities, etc.
  • Scope : Air and water quality, waste management, recycling, education on the environment, energy saving, CO2 reduction

2. Language

English, Chinese, Spanish, or Russian
In a course for a single country, the country’s language is used in some cases.

3. Certificate

Certificates are awarded to participants who have completed training courses by the supporting Japanese organizations that commission ICETT to hold the courses.

Training and Accommodation Facilities

Training programs in Japan: In general, ICETT provides its accommodations - single rooms - for the participants. In some curriculums, other accommodation facilities are used.

ICETT’s Accommodation Facilities

Please note that ICETT doesn’t provide fancy service, since the facilities are used for training.

  • Room furnishings: Bathroom with shower, single bed, desk, desk light, television, refrigerator without freezer, shelf, closet, small towel, soap.
  • Shared equipment or facilities: dining hall, laundry (free use of washing machines and dryers), black-and-white copy machine, laptop computers compatible with wireless LAN (one for each participant), television with satellite channels, gym, tennis court, bicycles, etc.

Note: Please bring your own laundry detergent, shampoo, tooth brush, and bath towel.

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