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A law was created Friday with the aim of expanding the recycling of rare earth metals from used mobile phones and other electronic devices.

The law stipulates that the government is responsible for securing the necessary budget and for promoting technical development for the recycling effort, while electronics makers are asked to cooperate by designing products that help reduce the costs of extracting the metals.

The law, which received unanimous backing in the Upper House, will go into effect in April.

Numerical recycling targets will be decided by an expert panel to be set up by the Environment Ministry before next March.

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