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Global Warming Prevention Headquarters

Friday, March 28, 2008

Photograph of the meeting of the Global Warming Prevention Headquarters

Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda held a meeting of the Global Warming Prevention Headquarters at the Diet building.

At the meeting, the members of the Headquarters approved a final draft for the Kyoto Protocol Target Achievement Plan, which sets forth the government's actions to achieve the six-percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2012. The Plan was decided upon at the Cabinet meeting that followed.

Prime Minister Fukuda said to the Ministers, "I would like each one of you to see to it that actions stipulated in the plan are steadfastly taken. The Kyoto Protocol's commitment period starts in April, and we will undergo intensifying negotiations with other countries concerning the post Kyoto-Protocol framework. Without other countries' acknowledgment of Japan's serious efforts to tackle the issue, we can't make persuasive arguments. From that perspective as well, we must ensure that the six-percent reduction target under the Kyoto Protocol is met without fail. I would like each of you to share this recognition, and advance your respective efforts with a sense of urgency."