The Japanese government has begun coordination to send Foreign Minister Taro Kono to an international climate summit to be held in Paris on Dec. 12. The government has concluded that it would be difficult for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to attend the meeting with the budgetary process for fiscal 2018 entering the final stages.
Kono is already scheduled to attend a Japan-U.K. two-plus-two meeting of foreign and defense ministers to be held in London on Dec. 13 and 14 with Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, so he will travel to Europe earlier than scheduled to attend the climate summit.
French President Emmanuel Macron decided to hold the Paris summit following the decision made by U.S. President Donald Trump in June this year to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, a new framework for combating global warming. The French President will invite world leaders to discuss such issues as environmental investment.