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Japanese climate ambitions on the rise

2009/08/31

It is a historical election result that have been issued in Japan. The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), which has ruled Japan since the mid-50’s, will now replaced by the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), led by Yukio Hatuyama. A power shift when one party has been in government for a very long time is usually rejuvenating for democracies.

For the Swedish EU presidency, DPJ coming into power means a more ambitious Japanese partner when it comes to the international climate negotiations. The new government party has promised to introduce carbon tax and increase emission reductions in Japan. New PM Hatuyama has announced that he will attend the G20 summit in Pittsburgh on 24-25 september, which is promising.

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