PM Suga Says Japan To Lead International Efforts On Climate Change

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TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Sunday that his country will lead international efforts to fight climate change, in comments on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

Suga has previously said that Japan will aim for net zero emissions by 2050, making a green society one of its top political priorities.

“Tackling climate change is not a constraint on economic growth,” Suga said. “We will lead international society in achieving a carbon-free world.”

Under international pressure to do more to fight global warming, Chinese President Xi Jinping told the G20 that China will implement its own initiatives, including carbon neutrality by 2060.

Japanese lawmakers declared a climate emergency on Thursday in a symbolic vote to increase pressure to tackle global warming, after Japan pledged last month to meet its firm schedule of net zero emissions.

With the vote, Japan – the world’s fifth largest emitter of carbon – joins Britain, Canada and France in similar resolutions, as well as the European Union as a bloc and nearly 2,000 regional authorities and municipal governments around the world.

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