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Opinion

Japan and climate change -- leader turned laggard

Abe government must refocus on carbon emissions, taking its cue from private sector pioneers

| Japan
Japanese people must see climate change as an imminent threat, requiring immediate action.   © Kyodo

In 1997, Japan was at the forefront of climate action. The birthplace of the Kyoto Protocol, an international agreement committing countries to limit greenhouse gas emissions, the country came to be synonymous with cutting carbon.

Fast-forward 21 years and Japan has struggled to make significant progress on reducing its own emissions.

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