Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, said the country’s target to cut greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020 from 1990 levels is impossible to achieve, public broadcaster NHK reported today.
Japan’s government plans to establish a variety of sources for electricity generation within ten years, including a review of the plan to exit nuclear power set by the previous administration, Trade Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said.
Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara criticized Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s vow to reduce dependency on atomic energy after the Fukushima disaster, saying instead the country should deepen its nuclear embrace to include weapons.
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is preferred to win the ruling Democratic Party of Japan’s Sept. 21 leadership race, while support in the contest to head the main opposition is split, a Yomiuri newspaper poll today showed.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s victory in a ruling party leadership race brings him closer to a decision on whether to call elections as he confronts a slowing economy and a territorial spat with China.