Suga Vows to Reduce Emissions to Zero by 2050


Tokyo, Oct. 26 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Monday that his country will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050.

"We declare a goal of realizing a decarbonized society," Suga said at the House of Representatives in his first parliamentary policy speech since he took office last month.

Tackling global warming is "not a constraint on economic growth," Suga said. "We need to think that this will bring about innovative changes to the industrial structure, economy and society, leading to big growth," he said.

Suga suggested creating opportunities for the central and local governments to discuss the issue.

On the fight against the novel coronavirus, Suga pledged to prevent an explosive growth of infections, to "protect people's lives and health."

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