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Japan Reduces Carbon Emissions

By January 29, 2013

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GHG EmissionsUnder the Kyoto Protocol developed countries agreed to reduce their national levels of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In a recent survey conducted by business newspaper Nikkei Daily, over the last five years Japanese levels of GHG have fallen 14.9 percent. This figure has only been achieved because of the participation of Japan's largest companies. It is believed that the Japanese government was able to achieve some kind of binding commitment from large companies.

In 2009, the Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama promised to reduce Japan's carbon emissions by 25 percent if other major polluters like China and the U.S. also promise to do so. Since then the US has failed to ratify the Kyoto Protocol and Canada has now withdrawn. However to achieve a 25 percent reduction now seems unlikely due to an increase in use of fossil fuels brought about by the deactivation of Japan's nuclear power plants, after the Fukushima disaster in March 2011.

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