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Suga says Japan, U.S. to lead discussions on climate change in international community

NHK reported that Prime Minister Suga said during an Upper House plenary session today that the United States and Japan will lead discussions in the international community toward realizing a decarbonized society and urge China to fulfill its obligations as a major power. The premier made the remarks in response to a question by an LDP member on Japan’s China strategy and the division of roles between the U.S. and Japan on climate change. “We will urge China to fulfill its responsibility as a major power, including carrying out further measures toward realizing a decarbonized society,” Suga reportedly said. “At the U.S.-Japan summit, we agreed to set up a U.S.-Japan climate partnership. Both the United States and Japan will actively lead discussions in the international community.” The network said that when an opposition party member asked Suga if President Biden directly told him whether or not the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics should be held or whether the United States plans to send athletes to the Games, the premier reportedly said: “I have conveyed my commitment to holding the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics as a symbol of global unity. President Biden once again expressed his support for this commitment. We will work closely with the U.S. and other participating nations and regions to make the Tokyo Games a success.”

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