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Kishida making plans to attend COP26

  • October 23, 2021
  • , Yomiuri, Nikkei
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Saturday’s Yomiuri wrote that Prime Minister Kishida is making arrangements to attend the COP26 meeting to be held in Glasgow starting on Oct. 31. The paper wrote that Kishida is exploring the possibility of attending a leaders’ meeting slated for Nov. 1-2 and holding bilateral talks with British Prime Minister Johnson on the sidelines. However, Kishida may forgo traveling to the UK depending on the results of the general election on Oct. 31. A senior Ministry of Foreign Affairs official reportedly told the paper that the prime minister’s absence from the leaders’ meeting could give other nations the impression that Japan is not taking climate change seriously.

 

Monday’s Nikkei wrote that the COP26 meeting may pose a challenge for Japan because although the UK, the host of the conference, is hoping to take up the early suspension of coal-fired power generation as a key agenda item, Japan plans to depend on coal-fired power generation for about 20% of its total power generation capacity in fiscal 2030. Sankei wrote that according to the U.S. media, President Biden is planning to attend COP26 together with more than ten senior officials, including Secretary of State Blinken and Secretary of the Treasury Yellen, and deliver a speech there to “demonstrate” the United States’ government-wide efforts to combat climate change. The paper speculated that the President wants the U.S., not China, to lead in establishing rules for measures to deal with climate change and environmental protection.

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