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Jiji Press public opinion poll on global warming

According to the Jiji Press public opinion poll on global warming, 92.8% of Japanese are concerned about global warming. This is roughly equivalent to the 94.1% found in the 2009 poll. When asked about global warming countermeasures passed by the cabinet in May this year, 22.9% said that the target of lowering greenhouse gas emissions by 26% compared with FY2013….Read more

  • August 11, 2016
  • , Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll Bulletin , [No. 1491] pp. 1 and 5–7
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Interview with New Environment Minister Yamamoto

Excerpts from the interview with Minister of the Environment Koichi Yamamoto follow:   Q: Do you plan to attend the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22), which will be held in Morocco in November?   Yamamoto: I think so. Japan is one of the countries that are taking the initiative in combating global warming. We need to show….Read more

  • August 9, 2016
  • , Sankei , p. 11
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“Environmental industry” grows to record size

Last Friday the Ministry of Environment announced that in 2014 the domestic “environmental industry” generated an estimated 105.4133 trillion yen in revenue, a new record. “Environmental industry” refers to global-warming countermeasures and the promotion of recycling. The ministry concluded that the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program introduced in 2012 has been effective in accelerating the development of the renewable energy industry.….Read more

  • July 30, 2016
  • , Asahi , p. 5
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Research whaling in Pacific completed

Mainichi reported today on an announcement made by the Fisheries Agency on Monday that Japan’s research whaling in the northwestern Pacific that started on May 12 is finished. A total of 115 whales, including 90 sei whales, were caught.   

  • July 26, 2016
  • , Mainichi
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CO2 concentration in Japan’s Antarctic station tops 400 ppm

The National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR) announced on July 12 that atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide at the Syowa Station topped 400.06 ppm on May 14 for the first time since it began data observation in 1984.   The CO2 concentration level of 400 ppm is being observed in various parts of the world. The latest data recorded in….Read more

  • June 13, 2016
  • , Nikkei evening edition , p. 14
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Japan to seek Diet approval of Paris climate agreement this year

Sunday’s Sankei wrote that the GOJ is making arrangements to discuss during an extraordinary Diet session in the fall approval of the Paris Agreement on climate change, which was reached at the COP 21 meeting in 2015. Although the GOJ had originally planned to discuss the issue during an ordinary session in 2017, it now plans to move up the….Read more

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Japan’s ratification of Paris Agreement this year uncertain due to limited Diet schedule

At the G7 Summit meeting, leaders agreed that they would endeavor to bring the Paris Agreement into effect within the year. Japan will move forward with domestic ratification procedures, but it is uncertain whether it will be able to accomplish that by the end of the year.   Ratification within 2016 would be possible if an extraordinary session of the….Read more

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G7 environment ministers wrap up discussions on measures against global warming 

Most papers reported on the conclusion of the two-day G7 environmental ministerial meeting in Toyoma, focusing on the participants’ agreement on regulating hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are more potent greenhouse gases than carbon dioxide. Noting that the released joint declaration expressed “support for the phased reduction of HFCs,” Mainichi quoted EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy as saying in a press conference: “The….Read more

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Interview with EPA Administrator McCarthy

This morning’s Kitanippon Shimbun carried an exclusive interview with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, who is currently visiting Japan to attend the G7 Toyama Environmental Ministers’ Meeting. She reportedly said major economic powers, particularly the U.S. and Japan, have a role to play in the fight against climate change, and stressed the need for the two nations to jointly move toward….Read more

  • May 16, 2016
  • , Kitanippon Shimbun
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Gist of Japan-France summit meeting on May 2

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: Despicable terrorism is absolutely unforgivable. (Our two countries) should work closely and exercise leadership. The G7 Ise-Shima Summit will announce a joint action program against terrorism.

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