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Climate change summit begins with nations’ emissions target pledges  

All national dailies reported on the start on Thursday of the two-day online summit on climate change hosted by the United States. President Biden said in his opening remarks: “This is the decade we must make decisions that will avoid the worst consequences of a climate crisis.” The leaders announced their greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals, with the United States pledging a target of a 50%–52% cut from its 2005 level by 2030 and Japan announcing a 46% cut from its 2013 level by 2030 and efforts to move toward a 50% target. Prime Minister Suga said Japan will raise its current target by more than 70% and that this will certainly not be an easy task. He added that by defining a top-level, ambitious target, Japan is ready to demonstrate its leadership for worldwide decarbonization.  

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