Japan Update: Will Prime Minister Taro Aso Go For Deep CO2 Emission Cuts?


Image from Nikkei

Today, readers of Japan's major economic daily newspaper were treated with a funny comic: Taro Aso, the Prime Minister (who is known for loving manga) on top of a robot, desperately making CO2 emission cuts. Will he be a hero or not? This week, he is supposed to announce Japan's policy, and the calls range from an increase of plus four percent to deep cuts supported by the public, according to a poll by Avaaz.org.

You read that right. Japan's industry actually thinks this country should increase its CO2 emissions. Hilarious. Tetsuo Saito, Japan's outspoken Minister of the Environment, promptly responded by saying Japan would become the laughingstock of the world if that would be the CO2 target that Prime Minister Aso would announce.According to Breitbart/Kyodo, Japan now has six options:

"... ranging from a 4 percent increase to a 25 percent reduction from 1990 levels. The panel, chaired by former Bank of Japan Governor Toshihiko Fukui, will further study the options -- which also include a 7 percent reduction and a 15-16 percent decrease -- before the government sets a national midterm emissions reduction target by June."

Seems we will really need Taro Aso and that manga robot to get on with it, or we will all be laughing really hard at Japan.

WWF Japan and other NGOs here are lobbying hard to get the government to go for the minus 25 percent (or more) target.

Written by Martin Frid at greenz.jp

Tags: Japan