All Monday papers reported on the conclusion on Sunday of the two-day G20 environment and energy ministerial meeting in Karuizawa, saying that the participants released a joint statement on their commitment to reducing plastic waste in the ocean. Although the plan is not legally binding, they reportedly agreed to update each other every year on their efforts and achievements in reducing plastic waste. On the energy sector, the statement stressed the need for energy market stability and infrastructure that ensures constant energy supplies. The ministers also reportedly forged a consensus on launching a forum on how to dispose of nuclear waste.
According to the papers, all members except the U.S. reaffirmed their commitment to abiding by the Paris climate accord. Asahi wrote that as the chair of the conference, Japan made extra efforts not to isolate the U.S., which withdrew from the landmark pact on global warming. The daily quoted EPA Administrator Wheeler as saying on Sunday that although the U.S. may not comply with the Paris agreement, that does not necessarily mean that it is not taking climate change seriously. The paper said the GOJ worked very hard behind the scenes to come up with language for the joint statement that was satisfactory to the U.S. as well as the other member states.