(Provisional translation)

Regarding Subsequent Undertakings Towards the Ratification of the Kyoto Protocol

November 12, 2001
Decision of the Global Warming Prevention Headquarters

Following the finalization of a document stipulating the details of the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol at the recent meeting of the Seventh Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP7), the Global Warming Prevention Headquarters has decided to take the following measures, moving towards the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol.

  1. With the agreement reached at COP7, Japan will begin full-scale preparations for ratification of the Kyoto Protocol in 2002, by vigorously promoting the following measures:

    1. To review the current Outline for Global Warming Prevention in order to attain the Kyoto Protocol objectives.

    2. To implement full-scale preparations for the next ordinary session of the Diet in order that approval of ratification of the Kyoto Protocol and the adjustment or establishment of the domestic structures necessary for ratification can be achieved.

  2. In order that the objectives of the Kyoto Protocol are attained, it is vital that each and every person in Japan changes his or her lifestyle in order to prevent global warming and that socio-economic reforms progress through technological innovation such as the development and dissemination of energy-efficient equipment and machinery. The concerted efforts of both the government and the people of Japan will be necessary in this endeavor and the understanding and action of each person is required.

    In addition, in promoting measures for preventing global warming under the current severe economic situation, we will aim to adjust or establish such domestic structures that contribute to both the environment and the economy, leading also to the economic vitalization of Japan, utilizing ideas and creativity of the economic sector.

  3. In order to ensure the effectiveness of measures for preventing global warming, it is vital that all countries endeavor to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases. With the goal that all counties act under one single rule, Japan will continue its maximum efforts in seeking constructive response from the United States, and in formulating international rules with the participation of developing countries.