The Mainichi, April 14, 2021
TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is expected to announce a new greenhouse gas emissions target in the range of a 50 percent cut below 2013 levels by 2030 ahead of a meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden this week, The New York Times reported Tuesday citing a U.S. official.
The Japanese government has been working on an increase in the target from the current 26 percent to around 45 percent, officials said, but Tokyo may be facing pressure from the Biden administration to set a more ambitious goal.
Biden has made tackling climate change a top priority, reversing course from his predecessor Donald Trump by returning to the Paris Agreement.
Following the meeting with Suga in Washington on Friday, Biden is slated to host a virtual climate change summit on April 22-23 to which he has invited 40 world leaders.
According to the report, the Biden administration is also nearing agreements with South Korea and Canada to bolster emission reduction targets, while deals with major emitters China, India and Brazil remain elusive.
Japan and the United States have also been discussing new restrictions on coal financing, though whether there will be an announcement on that remains unclear, the report said.