By Komiya Saneaki
On Nov. 18, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Raymond Greene paid a courtesy call on the Hokkaido government and exchanged views with Vice Governor Kodama Toshihiro on environmental issues.
At the meeting, Chargé Greene said in Japanese, “The Zero Carbon Hokkaido initiative is of great interest. We would like join hands with Hokkaido to more actively promote climate change countermeasures.” Vice Governor Kodama responded, “It would be our pleasure to exchange information and technologies with the U.S. on environmental issues.”
Chargé Greene is visiting Hokkaido through Nov. 19 to tour facilities to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. He will visit the Tomakomai CCS Demonstration Project (Tomakomai City), which aims to create carbon dioxide separation, capture, and storage technologies. He will also visit the Upopoy National Ainu Museum (Shiraoi Town, Iburi District), a national center for the revival and development of Ainu culture.