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World Post-Abe agenda: Suga says Japan to go carbon-free by 2050

07:50  26 october  2020
07:50  26 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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TOKYO (AP) — Japan will achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared Monday in his first policy speech as leader, outlining an ambitious agenda as the country struggles to balance economic and pandemic concerns.

Japanese lawmakers wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus attend an extraordinary Diet session at the upper house of parliament in Tokyo, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) © Provided by Associated Press Japanese lawmakers wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus attend an extraordinary Diet session at the upper house of parliament in Tokyo, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The policy speech at the outset of the parliamentary session reflects Suga’s pragmatic approach to getting things done. Suga, formerly chief cabinet secretary, took office on Sept. 16 after his boss Shinzo Abe resigned over health problems.

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  China Urges Japan to Reflect After Suga’s Shrine Offering (Bloomberg) -- China criticized Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga for sending an offering to a shrine for Japanese war dead, saying it was a “negative action” and that the country should reflect on its war history. Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian was responding to a question about Suga’s offering to the Yasukuni shrine, reported by Japanese broadcaster NHK on Saturday. The shrine honors 14 men convicted as war criminals and has long been a source of tension with China and others in the region who see it as a symbol of Japan’s past military aggression.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

Breaking news and features about Japan from the nation's most widely read English-language newspaper. 日本で一番読まれている英字新聞・ジャパンタイムズが発信する国内外ニュースと

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is set to bind Japan to a target for carbon neutrality by 2050 , a shift in stance that will bring the country in line with the European Japan is the world's fifth-biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, the heat trapping gas that scientists say is already causing major heatwaves, bigger

Suga just returned from a trip last week to Vietnam and Indonesia, where he pushed ahead with Abe's efforts to build closer ties and promote a regional vision for countering growing Chinese influence.

Now out of Abe’s shadow, back home Suga has been pumping out consumer-friendly policies. He has earned a reputation as a cost cutter.

He said he intends to make a sustainable economy a pillar of his growth strategy and “put maximum effort into achieving a green society.” That includes creating a carbon-free society by 2050.

The European Union and Britain have already set similar targets for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, and China recently announced it would become carbon-free by 2060. Japan previously targeted a 80% reduction by 2050.

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Suga portrayed the need to shift away from fossil fuels to counter climate change as an opportunity rather than a burden.

“Global warming measures are no longer obstacles for economic growth, but would lead to industrial and socio-economic reforms and a major growth," he said. “We need to change our mindset.”

But it is unclear how resource-scarce Japan might attain the goal of weaning itself from polluting fossil fuels. The country's current energy plan, set in 2018, calls for 22-24% of Japan's energy to come from renewables, 20-22% from nuclear power and 56% from fossil fuels such as oil, coal and gas.

Progress toward reducing reliance on fossil fuels has been hindered due to the prolonged closures of most of Japan’s nuclear plants after the meltdown of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant due to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in the northeastern Tohoku region.

Energy experts are now discussing revisions to Japan’s basic energy plan for 2030 and 2050. The 2050 emissions-free target would require drastic changes and likely prompt calls for more nuclear plant restarts.

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Suga went on to say the issue of China's construction of strongholds in the South China Sea is directly connected with peace and stability in the region. Suga said Japan has consistently supported achieving the rule of law in the region. He added that Japan will seek peaceful solutions through

While Suga said "an explosive rise in infections the likes of which have happened in America and I think it's important we continue to pursue a free and open Indo-Pacific with the Japan -U.S. alliance Kishida, meanwhile, said Japan should pivot toward multilateralism and play a more active role in

About 40% of Japan's carbon emissions come from power companies, and they must use more renewable sources of energy while stepping up development of technologies using hydrogen, ammonia and other carbon-free resources, experts say.

Suga said he will speed up research and development on key technologies such as next generation solar batteries and carbon recycling. He also promised to “fundamentally change Japan's long-term reliance on coal-fired energy" by promoting conservation and maximizing renewables, while maintaining nuclear energy.

In the immediate term, measures to curb the pandemic while reviving the economy are the top priority, Suga said.

Turning to Japan’s biggest long-term problem, a low birthrate and shrinking population, Suga reiterated a pledge to provide insurance coverage for infertility treatments. He also vowed to promote paternity leaves for working fathers to ease the burden of child-rearing and home-making on working mothers. He also promised more for single-parent households, more than half of which are living in poverty.

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Yoshihide Suga , the front-runner to become Japan ’s next premier, appeared to backtrack from earlier comments about the sales tax and align himself with outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe , saying there is no need for another hike in the next decade.

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Among other highlights, Suga said:

—The Japan-U.S. alliance, a cornerstone of Japanese diplomacy and security, is key to achieving a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific" regional economic and security framework to counter China's sway.

—Japan is open to meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to resolve conflicts over abductions of Japanese citizens years ago and wartime compensation and to normalize diplomacy with Pyongyang.

—South Korea is “an extremely important neighbor," but it should drop its demands for compensation over Korean wartime forced laborers to restore “healthy” bilateral relations.

Suga is best known for his effectiveness in corralling powerful bureaucrats to force through Abe's policies. But since taking office he has crafted a populist and pragmatic image, winning public support for his relatively modest background and low-profile, hardworking style.

He has ordered his Cabinet to step up implementation of several projects including his earlier efforts to lower cellphone rates and accelerate use of online government, business and medical services.

“I will break administrative divisions, vested interests and bad precedents to push for reforms,” Suga said.

But Suga also said Japanese should try to help themselves before looking to the government for assistance, in line with what experts say is a conservative stance that is unsympathetic to the disadvantaged.

Suga's approach to overriding opposition has at times raised hackles in this consensus-driven society. Earlier this month, he was accused of seeking to muzzle dissent by choosing not to appoint six professors out of a slate of 105 to the state-funded Science Council of Japan.

Academic groups and scholars have issued hundreds of statements protesting the decision, which took the public support rating for his Cabinet down about 10 points to just above 50%.

Opposition lawmakers are expected to raise the issue during the 41-day session that convened Monday.

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