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Kentaro Inukai

Representative Director, J-EPS Recycling Association

Pana Chemical Co., Ltd. Representative Director

Recycling is created not only by technology but also by people.

Shigehei Inukai, the founder of Pana Chemical Co., Ltd., started recycling polystyrene foam more than 40 years ago at the Tsukiji market in Tokyo. It was an epoch-making system that achieved both the cost and efficiency of purchasing.

It quickly spread to fish markets, department stores, supermarkets, and waste disposal companies, and has now grown into a nationwide network of 2,000 companies with 3,000 tons per month. We also export.

In 2020, following the passing of founder Shigehei Inukai, we redefine Japan's unique styrofoam recycling, which currently operates about 80% of the market share, as "J-EPS recycling." I started a project to disseminate it not only in Japan but also overseas.


In addition, I had a strong desire to share "this unique recycling system, which is highly evaluated around the world," with 2,000 customers nationwide who have overcome many difficulties, and to give meaning to their daily work. Currently, the world is calling for plastic-free and marine plastics, and attention is focused on why styrofoam, which is considered to be difficult to recycle, is able to maintain a 90% recycling rate in Japan.


The Asian think tank ERIA, which was established under the initiative of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, has also taken up J-EPS recycling as a "recycling technology unique to Japan to control marine plastics."

In the future, I would like to continue to disseminate this J-EPS recycling along with the phrase, "Recycling is not only created by technology, but by people."

Name J-EPS Recycling Association
Address 〒168-0074   1-8-3 Kamitakaido, Suginami-ku, Tokyo

Officer Representative Director Kentaro Inukai

Director Fumio Nozaki

director Miyuki Kojima

Director Shigeharu Koseki
Director Raita Honbori

the purpose

In order to raise the awareness of recycling companies in Japan and overseas, we will provide accurate information on the Styrofoam recycling method, spread awareness of the ingot-type recycling method, provide accurate knowledge to recycling companies, and promote global resource circulation. , with the aim of contributing to the improvement of the global environment.

Business content

1.Research and development of technology for Styrofoam recycling

2.Provision of information on Styrofoam recycling, promotional activities, and examination standard certification project

3. Business related to planning, production and sales of e-books, publications and printed materials related to Styrofoam recycling

4. Business related to planning and holding various seminars, courses, lectures, etc.

5.Purchase, processing, import/export and sale of polystyrene foam recycling

6. Sales and rental of equipment related to Styrofoam recycling, and contract installation work

7.Survey and research project on Styrofoam recycling

8. Consulting business related to Styrofoam recycling

9. Planning and development of devices and equipment related to polystyrene foam recycling

10.Educational project on Styrofoam recycling

11. Any other business incidental or related to achieve the purpose of this corporation

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