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Such a relief to know the people of 2050 are going to live in an absolute paradise.

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For such a reserved nation, Japanese leaders tend to be very showy-he’s in power 5 minutes and is already throwing money around. Why not come in nod your head and leave without committing to anything?

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This is just influence peddling, to choose winners and losers but do nothing at home, as is the fashion.

Meanwhile crypto coins are moving into finance operations, which will probably lead to direct world citizen action instead of being limited by the banks and countries who have done nothing for decades

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Mr. Pledge is at it again. More empty words? What about the details. Is this "up to $10 billion" grants, low interest loans, high interest loans, money given to Japanese corporations to "assist" other Asian countries? Will this be money for nuclear technology?

Kishida also said Japan will pursue a $100 million project to develop hydrogen or ammonia-fired power generation, which are known as non-carbon emitting, and explore various technologies to realize carbon neutral cars.

The writer of this story should clarify that if this is from blue hydrogen technology, which Japan has been pursuing, it uses unsustainable and polluting energy sources, and should point out a carbon neutral car is still a decade or more off, and the crisis is now.

So Mr. Pledge, what will Japan actually do in the next ten years to reduce emissions? At least reading this article, with nothing mentioned about redirecting investment from fossil fuels and nuclear to green energy, it seems little or nothing.

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Kishida has money to burn ?

Another sensational announcement of an empty promise i suspect.

Meanwhile Japan burns so much human waste in tower's in residential neighborhoods and calls itself a developt country with a strong economy.

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Hmm.What's 'Blah,blah,blah' in Japanese?

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Are you people serious???

Japan has spent hundreds of billions on Asia in the past.

Japan is still one of the biggest investors in many countries like Vietnam.

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Kishida pledging stuff.

All 'hot air' and no substance!

We are all pretty much done for then!

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Japan needs to eliminate its use of coal.

and replace it with what? Renewables? That is not practical.

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When I woke up, I guessed the top headline would start "Kishida promises..", but I feared it would end with some sort of retaliation toward China.

I was relieved to see he's at least thinking about the environment,

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I always wonder where they get the money from, in the case of Japan it’s debt to gdp ratio is already approx 260% throw in the private one as well and we are looking at 500%, it’s staggering, never in history a country was that much in debt. This is serious stuff for everyone interested in economics. I’m flabbergasted

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Learn from the lesson. Some Asian countries wouldn't appreciate no matter how much Japan spends/helps for them, returning evil for good

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I think this seems a great intiative

One Sun One World One Grid - UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) at the SEC – Glasgow 2021 (ukcop26.org)

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 The UK is using very little or no coal on most days.

yeah right and the UK has no power either:

COP26 heads to Glasgow even as the UK struggles with energy


In the winter, Japan will be nice a warm thanks to clean burning coal plants and the UK will have no heat. I wonder if the people in the UK will be happy this winter.

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Pledging other people's money and livelihoods.

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A worse decision than the Abeno mask financial boffonery!

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And China, India, Russia and Saudi Arabia have will have nothing to do with any of this!

This entire Climate issue is a scam to get wealthy countries to send cash to ‘developing’ countries with no accountability on where the money goes and how it’s spent!

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What a joke. Japan trying to be relevant in the international stage by splashing cash around while ordinary Japanese get poorer and poorer.

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Isn't a mistake of 10 billion yen?

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kishida must be rich,10 billion usd to help climate change. When Japan is suffering from poverty and Japanese people do not have good health systems.

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What a joke. Japan trying to be relevant in the international stage by splashing cash around while ordinary Japanese get poorer and poorer.

That's slightly correct.

Japan is trying to be relevant by cashing out its A- sovereign credit rating to help the developing countries at borrowing money from international financial institutions. Instead of using that rating for the nation, Japan does not want to improve the lives of Japanese people. Japanese elites are cashing out whatever is left of Japan, so their children can live safely outside of Japan.

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Hmm.What's 'Blah,blah,blah' in Japanese?

I believe they are using 外来語. Foreign words using katakana.


This is what I’m hearing on the wide shows and news.


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Kishida might as well take that $10 Billion and burn it in his garden.

Fossil Fueled are going no where, nd everyone knows it.

Oh, and I hope Kishida enjoyed his 747 flight from Tokyo to Glasgow and back again for a 24 hour stay.

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If he doesn’t know how otherwise waste the money I guess we surely all have more useful suggestions.

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Japan has spent hundreds of billions on Asia in the past.

Can you provide a source for that information @Reason?

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Its always nice when youre spending other peoples money.

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"Asia's zero emission path" I assume this includes China. Asia will have to go back to the stone age to get to zero emissions. Even then you will have to make fires to eat and stay alive.

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Kishida pledges $10 bil to aid Asia's zero emission path

I wonder how much China pledged, one of the largest offenders...

Oh wait, they weren't there.

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I wonder how much China pledged, one of the largest offenders...

> Oh wait, they weren't there.

This is about Japan, not China. They can't be blamed for everything.

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In the address during the second day of the leaders' session, the new Japanese leader reaffirmed Tokyo's goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 46 percent by fiscal 2030 compared with fiscal 2013 levels.

Not possible, not economically or fiscally achievable.

Let get this into perspective. It all window dressing, pipe dreaming on steroids'

Every single ship has to be sailing in the same direction or all might as well be weeing into the wind.

The Governments of China and Russia are not on the same page.

They are not!!!

Both won’t even be bothered to make the minimal effort.

Narendra Modi at least had the nuts to turn up only to deliver one excuse after another.

The facts are carbon zero is a pipe dream.

The political dishonestly right in your face, clearly unable or unwilling to face the facts

Weasel words, pledges and statements are the order the day, but will never come close to achieving the promises and pledges.

So is Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is seriously going to pledge/throw tax payers money at a pipe dream?

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Good luck with that. The only countries in Asia where the air isn't toxic to breath is Japan, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan (and yes, I'm calling Taiwan a country)! I highly doubt southeast Asians will stop burning their garbage on the streets and slash and burning palm plantations every year. And India, the air quality there is 10 fold worse than China!

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Gaijinjland, you are right to some degree, Korea hasn’t taken it seriously in the past, though a lot of the bad air quality their is directly caused by pollutants blowing in from China, who ignore and bluster any time they protest. Indian urban air pollution is appalling no question, but slowly the population is waking up to just how bad it is, highlighted by the contrast in lockdown, and pressure will build on politicians to change and at least in India they ultimately do have to listen to their electorate. China however they don’t and will prioritise their own needs over anything else while making headline promises which they have no intention of keeping.

The only thing that will change China is a world wide carbon tax on goods from polluter countries to level up the costs incurred by those seeking to rectify the situation.

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Zichi is quite right, UK homes have been progressively insulated with various schemes over the years subsidising the work. When I was a child central heating was virtually unknown in the UK, but had become fairly standard by 70’s and 80’s. Now in winter I can get up to make the tea and wander around in a cotton dressing gown in comfort as the whole house is comfortably warm at little comparative cost.

Japan could easily grab these sort of low hanging fruit and make a large difference both in its carbon footprint and the health and comfort of its people by similarly encouraging and subsidising retro fitting of insulation and central heating as well as building standards that required all new homes to be energy efficient when built.

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To reach carbon neutrality by 2050 would require unprecedented economic change, globally.

Poverty would become a way of life for the most venerable.

Travel would become a luxury. Inequality would reach levels that have never been experienced.

Many would have no other choice than to heat or eat.

COP-OUT 26 has to face political reality, open and honest.   

This is the reason, logic behind the Government China and Russia refusal to participate.

Both turned their backs.

India, well made up a number 2070.   

There is no insulating an escape route.

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And that was before this pandemic

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Kishida emphasized that Japan will play its part not just by cutting its own emissions but by beefing up climate finance to support developing countries in their fight against the crisis.


And on the home front; where (surely?)

it matters more….what will PM Kishida pledge?

Does this mean Kishida will give up the extra jet?

Wear a sweater (or two) at home?

Wear a coat ?

Seal up the leaky windows with tape in the Gikai?

All or none of the above.

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Perhaps the climate change Kishida claims to be concerned about is not what he's been told.


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