Japan, the world’s fifth-largest producer of carbon dioxide, watered down its target to cut greenhouse gas emissions in a move that critics say will set back United Nations talks to tackle climate change.
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.
Japan’s environment minister, Nobuteru Ishihara, said the country’s target to cut greenhouse gas emissions should be based on a scenario with no nuclear power generation, the Kyodo News agency reported yesterday.
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.
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.