Closed-Loop Supply Chains in the Electrical and Electronics Industry of Japan


We investigate the impact of the home appliance recycling law on closed-loop supply chain activities in the home appliance industry of Japan. We also examine the activities of PC (personal computer) recycling and mobile phone recycling in Japan to conduct comparative research on their reverse supply chains. This study is based on semi-structured interviews that were conducted with the managers of five major home appliance/PC manufacturers and public data. All the managers agreed that although the recycling business is not profitable for home appliance/PC manufacturers in Japan, government legislation and CSR (corporate social responsibility) compel them to be active in the recycling of their products.

Recycling, closed-loop supply chain, home appliance, personal computer, mobile phone, law, Japan

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Luk N. Van Wassenhove