AL-HOU-NET [the Network to establish and promote the Basic Act on Measures against Alcohol-related Health Harm]
*AL stands or Alcohol, HOU stands for Act in Japanese, and NET stands for Network.
Address: 3-16-7-7F Nihonbashi-Hamacho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0007 Japan
Phone: +81-3-3249-2551 Fax: +81-3-3249-2553

“The Global Strategy to Reduce Harmful Use of Alcohol” which was resolved by the WHO in 2010 strongly recommends that member States take leadership, build government policies and work together with both governmental authorities and non-governmental agencies and facilities in the related fields.

In order to promote the Global Strategy into action in Japan, AL-HOU-NET was established in May 2012. It consists of medical societies, professional associations, NPOs, self-help groups and other interest groups.

Collaborating with AL-HOU-NET, the multi-party parliamentary group in the National Diet made a great effort to draft “The Basic Act on Measures against Alcohol-related Health Harm”.

The bill had been finally introduced to the Diet on November 20 and passed on December 7, 2013. It was the unanimous approval both in the House of Representatives and the House of Councilors.

The Act will be enforced within six months and the government must devise the basic plan in two years.

Act No. 109 (December 13, 2013) Basic Act on Measures Against Alcohol-related Health Harm
(Tentative translation)