All national dailies except Sankei wrote that the Climate Action Network (CAN), an international NGO working to reduce global warming, granted Japan on Tuesday its satirical Fossil of the Day Award, an award given to a country that it believes has been slow to act in the fight against climate change, at COP26 in Glasgow. The NGO apparently picked Japan as the recipient of the award because Kishida pledged Japan’s support for developing nations in Asia that promote power generation using ammonia and hydrogen, believed to be effective in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, while failing to mention whether Japan will end coal-fired thermal power generation. CAN said Japan needs to understand that these premature and costly technologies will lead to the production of fossil fuels.
Mainichi wrote that Europeans and environmental organizations reacted negatively to Kishida’s speech, which was seen as showing reluctance to end thermal power generation. Sankei wrote that although Kishida’s pledge of up to $10 billion to assist Asia in achieving net zero carbon emissions made Japan’s presence felt at COP26, whether the nation will be able to achieve its own goal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a different issue.