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Statement by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on the Acceptance of the Kyoto Protocol by Japan

June 4, 2002

  1. At today's Cabinet meeting, the Government of Japan decided to accept the "Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change". Japan will deposit the instrument of acceptance with the Secretary-General of the United Nations on June 4 (local time), thereby becoming a Party to the Kyoto Protocol.

  2. As the chair of the Third Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 3) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, held in Kyoto in 1997, Japan has been seeking the entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol by 2002 through participating actively in the related international negotiations making efforts to formulate an agreement for the prevention of global warming. The Kyoto Protocol is an extremely significant first step in strengthening international actions against climate change. I strongly hope that other countries will also expeditiously become Parties to the Kyoto Protocol and thereby promptly bringing it into force.

  3. It will by no means be easy for Japan to achieve the commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as stipulated in the Kyoto Protocol, and it is necessary for the central and local governments, businesses as well as the people to join forces with all their might to achieve the commitment. Having adopted the Guideline for Measures to Prevent Global Warming on March 19, the Government of Japan intends to prepare and establish mechanisms that enhance compatibility between the environment and the economy as well as foster technological innovation and creative initiatives in the business circles so that efforts to meet the commitment under the Kyoto Protocol will lead to economic revitalization and employment creation. I would like to call upon the people of Japan for their understanding as well as their concrete actions.

  4. To ensure the effectiveness of actions against global warming, it is vital that all countries strive for the reduction of greenhouse gases. The Government of Japan will do its utmost to establish a common rule, in which all countries including the United States and the developing countries participate. In order to prevent global warming, I strongly hope that other countries will participate constructively in the negotiations along with Japan.

(Foreign Press Center Translation)