• Kyodo News


The government said Friday it will start accepting applications for its Eco-point system from July 1.

The Eco-point system allows consumers who buy government-designated refrigerators, television sets and air conditioners deemed good for the environment to apply for points that can be used to buy other goods and services.

To get the points, applicants must fill out a form and send it together with their receipts and a photocopy of the product warranties to the secretariat of the subsidiary program. The forms will be available from electronics stores and post offices later this month.

The forms can also be filled out online but must be printed before sending by regular mail.

The government will release a list of eligible goods and services for the system on June 19. These are likely to include department store coupons and prepaid cards for public transportation. The goods must have been bought between May 15 and March 31.

The government expects the Eco-point program, part of Prime Minister Taro Aso’s economic stimulus strategy, to boost consumption amid the summer bonus season. But it is also aimed at stepping up Japan’s efforts to combat global warming by urging the public to recognize the need to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Consumers can apply for the points until late April 2010. The points will be valid for exchange until the end of March 2012.

More information can be obtained by calling the secretariat at (0570) 064322. It will also open a Web site (eco-points.jp) later this month.

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