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Japan to Cut Emissions by More than Half Before 2050
    2008-06-10 16:09:57     CRIENGLISH.com
Japan has announced that it will cut its greenhouse gas emissions 60 to 80 percent by 2050 and can match or better European reduction levels over the next 12 years.

Yasuo FukudaFukuda is Japanese Prime Minister.

"Concerning the support for the developing nations dealing on the climate change issues, Japan is working together with the US and the UK to establish a new international fund and Japan will contribute a maximum of 1.2 (b) billion US dollars."

Fukuda will host a meeting of the leaders of the Group of Eight developed countries in Japan next month. He said he hoped to use that summit to help create an international consensus about measures to deal with greenhouse gas reduction.

He also called on the nations of the world to strive to cut by half the global carbon dioxide output by 2050.

Japan's top industries have long argued against mandatory emissions reductions, saying the current voluntary system under which they set their own targets is sufficient.

Critics, including some European countries, say such a system runs the danger of not cutting emissions enough to avert an environmental disaster if global temperatures rise too much.

Fukuda said Japan would use a broad range of strategies to reduce its emissions, including investment in new technologies, stiff construction standards to create energy efficient buildings, and a public awareness campaign.
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