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Koizumi: LDP will work with METI to discuss industrial structure for decarbonization

  • December 15, 2021
  • , Nikkei , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

Former Environment Minister Koizumi Shinjiro (executive acting chair of the LDP Research Commission on Environment and Global Warming Countermeasures), as told to Shigeta Shunsuke.

 

Japan’s decarbonization strategy has to date been strongly influenced by the Ministry of the Environment (MOE). Now that the government has set a common goal of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the LDP will work together with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the MOE to achieve that goal.

 

One of the biggest issues in decarbonization is the electrification of the internal combustion engine and the automobile industry. We must think carefully about this issue since the automotive internal combustion engine is said to generate among the largest number of jobs.

 

It is time to discuss the industrial structure across a wide range of Japanese industries, not only for automobiles but also for ships and outer space, in order to protect employment and enhance Japan’s competitiveness.

 

The global community is not only concentrating on measures against COVID-19. Many countries are making rapid advances in digital transformation (DX) and other structural transformation of their economy and society. We must not allow a situation where Japan is found to be lagging behind other countries when the fog of COVID-19 lifts.

 

Prime Minister Kishida chose to make his first overseas visit to the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 26). He also has a close relationship with U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry.

 

Climate change is an indispensable element in Japan-U.S. relations, the Quad (Japan-U.S.-Australia-India) relations, and the Indo-Pacific strategy. The Prime Minister has the foundation to take an aggressive climate change policy.

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