LDP Panel Urges Japan to Set Emissions Reduction Target by June

Japan should set its target for greenhouse gas emission reductions by the June G7 Summit meetings in Germany, according to a proposal by a panel of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

The panel was to meet with cabinet ministers Thursday to submit the proposal.

“As a responsible member of the major developed countries, Japan should submit a reduction target for 2020 and after by the G7 summit in June at the latest,” the panel said.

Japan was among the countries that missed the March 31 deadline to file greenhouse gas pledges to the United Nations. The European Union promised a 40 percent cut from 1990 levels by 2030. The U.S. said it will cut emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.

“Japan should set an ambitious target that is comparable to targets by the EU and the U.S. and also globally commendable,” the panel said.

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