US climate envoy in Japan to push efforts to cut emissions

U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, left, gestures to Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga during a meeting at Suga's official residence in Tokyo Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. Kerry met with Japan's top diplomat to push efforts to fight climate change ahead of a United Nations conference in November. (Behrouz Mehri/Pool Photo via AP)
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U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, left, gestures to Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga during a meeting at Suga's official residence in Tokyo Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. Kerry met with Japan's top diplomat to push efforts to fight climate change ahead of a United Nations conference in November. (Behrouz Mehri/Pool Photo via AP)

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U.S. climate envoy John Kerry is in Tokyo meeting Japan's foreign minister to discuss efforts to involve China and developing nations to fight climate change

TOKYO (AP) — U.S. climate envoy John Kerry met in Tokyo on Tuesday with Japan's top diplomat to push efforts to fight climate change ahead of a United Nations conference in November.

Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi highlighted what he said was the importance of getting other major carbon emitters, especially China, to cooperate.

“China is the world’s biggest carbon emitter and the number two economy as well, and it is extremely important that we encourage China to firmly fulfill its responsibility to match its place,” Motegi told reporters after his meeting with Kerry.

Motegi added that he hoped Japan and the United States would lead global decarbonizing efforts at the U.N. conference to be held in Glasgow in late November, known as COP26, and beyond.

The United States is the second-largest carbon emitter. Japan is fifth.

Kerry was also scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi, as well as Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Hiroshi Kajiyama.

Kerry arrived in Japan on Monday and will fly out on Tuesday evening to China for more climate talks — his second trip to the country during the Biden administration.

Kerry has called on global leaders to work together and accelerate actions needed to curb rising temperatures to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels. He urged China to join the U.S. in urgently cutting carbon emissions.

Many countries have pledged to eliminate net carbon emissions by 2050. Japan has promised to strive to reduce its emissions by 46% from 2012 levels, up from an earlier target of 26%, to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. China has also set a goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2060.

Suga has said Japan will try to push the reduction as high as 50% to be in line with the European Union.

In order to achieve that target, Japan’s Environment Ministry is seeking a significant budget increase to promote renewable energy and decarbonizing programs. The Trade and Industry Ministry plans to use large subsidies to promote electric vehicles and wind power generation, according to a draft budget proposal for 2022.

The Trade and Industry Ministry, in its draft basic energy plan released in July, said the share of renewables should be raised to 36-38% of the power supply in 2030 from the current target of 22-24%.

During his Sept. 1-3 China visit, Kerry is expected to meet with his Chinese counterpart, Xie Zhenhua.

FILE - In this July 23, 2021, file photo, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry gestures during a photo opportunity with Italian Minister for Ecological Transition Roberto Cingolani, at Palazzo Reale in Naples, Italy. Kerry was in Tokyo on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021 to discuss efforts to fight climate change with top Japanese officials ahead of a United Nations conference in November. (AP Photo/Salvatore Laporta, File)
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FILE - In this July 23, 2021, file photo, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry gestures during a photo opportunity with Italian Minister for Ecological Transition Roberto Cingolani, at Palazzo Reale in Naples, Italy. Kerry was in Tokyo on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021 to discuss efforts to fight climate change with top Japanese officials ahead of a United Nations conference in November. (AP Photo/Salvatore Laporta, File)

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U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, left, talks with Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi, right, during a meeting at the latter's ministry in Tokyo, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. Kerry was in Tokyo to discuss efforts to fight climate change with top Japanese officials ahead of a United Nations conference in November. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, Pool)
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U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, left, talks with Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi, right, during a meeting at the latter's ministry in Tokyo, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. Kerry was in Tokyo to discuss efforts to fight climate change with top Japanese officials ahead of a United Nations conference in November. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, Pool)

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U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, second from left, speaks during a meeting with Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi at the latter's office in Tokyo, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. Kerry was in Tokyo to discuss efforts to fight climate change with top Japanese officials ahead of a United Nations conference in November. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, Pool)
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U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, second from left, speaks during a meeting with Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi at the latter's office in Tokyo, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. Kerry was in Tokyo to discuss efforts to fight climate change with top Japanese officials ahead of a United Nations conference in November. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, Pool)

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U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, left, meets Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at Suga's official residence in Tokyo Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. Kerry met with Japan's top diplomat to push efforts to fight climate change ahead of a United Nations conference in November. (Behrouz Mehri/Pool Photo via AP)
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U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, left, meets Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at Suga's official residence in Tokyo Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. Kerry met with Japan's top diplomat to push efforts to fight climate change ahead of a United Nations conference in November. (Behrouz Mehri/Pool Photo via AP)

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U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, left, poses with Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi during a meeting at the latter's office in Tokyo, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. Kerry was in Tokyo to discuss efforts to fight climate change with top Japanese officials ahead of a United Nations conference in November. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, Pool)
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U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, left, poses with Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi during a meeting at the latter's office in Tokyo, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. Kerry was in Tokyo to discuss efforts to fight climate change with top Japanese officials ahead of a United Nations conference in November. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, Pool)

Credit: Koji Sasahara

Credit: Koji Sasahara

U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, left, meets Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi at the latter's ministry in Tokyo, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. Kerry was in Tokyo to discuss efforts to fight climate change with top Japanese officials ahead of a United Nations conference in November. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, Pool)
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U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, left, meets Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi at the latter's ministry in Tokyo, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. Kerry was in Tokyo to discuss efforts to fight climate change with top Japanese officials ahead of a United Nations conference in November. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, Pool)

Credit: Koji Sasahara

Credit: Koji Sasahara