Japan to Exercise Leadership in Climate Fight: Abe

Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 3 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that his country is determined to exercise leadership in helping the international community address climate change.

"Coping with global warming is no longer the costs of businesses, but a source of their competitiveness," Abe told the inaugural meeting of an experts' panel convened to discuss Japan's long-term strategy for substantially reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The panel will work on the strategy, based on the Paris climate accord that seeks to balance global greenhouse gas emissions and removal in the second half of this century to achieve a postcarbon society.

The pact requires signatory countries to submit long-term strategies, designed to achieve the goal, by 2020. Among the Group of Seven top industrial economies, only Japan and Italy have not yet submitted their plans.

Shinichi Kitaoka, professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo and chair of the panel, told the meeting that Japan can take a leading role in the fight against climate change because the country "is acutely aware of the impact of global warming because of increasing natural disasters."

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