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US and Japan make climate response 'pillar' of ties as COP26 nears

Kerry meets Suga in first trip to Tokyo as climate envoy, with China visit next

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, right, meets with U.S. presidential envoy for climate John Kerry in Tokyo on Aug. 31.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- The U.S. and Japan elevated climate response as a "pillar" of their bilateral relationship on Wednesday, as John Kerry wrapped up his first meetings in Tokyo as U.S. climate envoy.

Kerry met with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who set Japan on a course toward net zero carbon emissions by 2050 when he took office last year.

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