Japan's Koizumi on Time Magazine's "100 Next" List

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New York, Nov. 15 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi has been chosen by U.S. magazine Time as one of the world's 100 rising stars who are expected to shape the future in various sectors.

While noting that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to become the Asian nation's longest-serving leader, Time said, "Many voters already know whom they would tap to succeed him: 38-year-old Shinjiro Koizumi."

Koizumi, chosen in the "leaders" category, faced a backlash soon after assuming the ministerial post in September, for remarks he made in English that he wants to make the fight against climate change "sexy" and "fun."

"But he also had an early success to tout," the magazine said in a story on the "100 Next" list, noting that he persuaded eastern Japan's Yokohama, one of the biggest cities in the country, to join Tokyo and western Japan's Kyoto, also a major city, in pledging to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to net zero by 2050.

Time started compiling the 100 Next list this year, covering five categories--artists, advocates, leaders, phenoms and innovators.

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