(Yomiuri: November 25, 2015 – p. 14)
Japan will be represented at the COP21 conference by a 110-person government delegation, headed by Minister of the Environment Tamayo Marukawa and including members of three ministries: the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. On Nov. 30, the first day of the conference, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his aides will attend as well.
In the negotiations to date, Japan has actively proposed the creation of a system for verifying progress made on achieving reductions and a mechanism to revise [emissions reduction] targets upward, while aligning itself with the United States, which is averse to making achievement of the reduction targets mandatory. Local governments and corporations that are keen on global warming countermeasures will also attend COP21. They plan to showcase their initiatives at events held at the venue. Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Kyoto City, Japan Business Federation [Keidanren], and others plan to dispatch their personnel in charge of [global warming countermeasures]. (Abridged)