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As a buzzword, “dioxin” has quickly come to represent all that’s wrong with Japan’s mish-mash of contradictory and ineffective environmental policies.

Most people know the stuff is bad for you, and they probably also know that it’s mainly a byproduct of burning garbage. That’s all they need to know in order to feel worried and angry when they hear that Japan accounts for 40 percent of all the dioxin spewed out by the industrialized world.

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