Since 1960s Japan has been taking attempts in reducing of the negative environmental impact and greening its economy. In this context the scientific and technological base for the industry of environmental-friendly technologies has been created. In this article we analyze patent statistics of Japan, basing on OECD.Stat data on patents in environmentrelated technologies for 2000-2012. It is found out that Japan is the third in environment-related patent activity in the world. The main inventories in green sectors in Japan are electric vehicle, emissions abatement from mobile sources, solar photovoltaic energy, energy storage. It may indicate a reorientation of environmental policy towards low-carbon development
Keywords: environment, green technologies, green patents, inventories, Japan
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