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U.N. declined Abe's request to speak at Sept climate summit: sources

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Funny how on the very same website front page Japan has the lowest greenhouse gas emissions on record while Abe is also promoting coal overseas...

Outsourcing other environmental problems like plastic, I see

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A very well deserved snub if there ever was one.

7 ( +23 / -16 )

This is only the start of the dinosaur extinction process. Or so one would hope.

7 ( +11 / -4 )

Good. "Action not platitudes." Besides Abe's address wouldn't have been sexy enough anyways.

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This is only the start of the dinosaur extinction process. Or so one would hope.

Japanese dinosaur's are very truculent dinosaur's.

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Ouch, this must hurt so much!

Not playing the first violin ..... poor Abe!!!

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"This had to be a summit of action plans, not platitudes,"

I love it! Japan always gets exactly what it deserves towards its leaders on the world stage. Domestically people can't -- or refuse -- to do a thing while the government says they will MAKE the people understand, but the government is immediately called out when it steps outside Japan's borders. Then said politicians slink back home and say they don't need "foreign" input. It's almost as sweet as some people here calling out Abe for constantly playing the victim card with the atomic bombings but then turning around and refusing to sign a ban on nuclear weapons or energy.

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GREAT NEWS. Hope it sends a message that only effective action is welcome - not platitudes, falese promises, and crass actions - ie continuting to use taxpayers money to support coal.

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Japanese hypocrisy does not play out outside of Japan I guess.

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Not a big fan of the UN but I agree he is an idiot.

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Leave it to comfortable Westerners with reliable electricity generation to bemoan Japan supporting developing countries in a realistic way. But I'm sure these developing countries in Africa with exploding populations can totally meet their electricity demand with solar and wind. I know that if the commenters on this article had to deal with rolling blackouts every week, their tune would change real fast.

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Well I guess its better to be not invited due to the government's promotion of coal-fired power plants vs the environment is "cool and sexy" per the new Environmental Minister, who by the way should be the expert to talk on such issues; but I forgot he has no background in Environmental Science or Environmental Engineering.

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Greta who?? Just a tool

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i think Abe and his cronies might need ointment for that BURN

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Pity. I'm sure Abe was going to disclose his exciting plans to marginally reduce the use of plastic by 2080 and give the UN an update on the massively successful "cool biz" campaign. He may also have touched on top secret radical plans to increase insulation in houses from one centimetre to two.

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out current concern, should be with removing the existing Co2 from our atmosphere. The effects of climate change are VERY evident, in Siberia, the normally permanently frozen areas, are no longer refreezing after summer. Resulting in mammoth tusks, that have been frozen for 10,000 years, to start being dug up by greedy fortune seekers. Here in Canada, one day, the air smells like spring, the next, we get a huge dumping of snow out of nowhere, which shows that there are extreme low/high pressure differentials drifting across the planet. If we can remove the Co2, or get it down to levels that are normal, we can work towards regulating the climate, which is what is needed, too much Co2, and we end up with things too warm, too little, and we end up with things too cold. finding the perfect balance will take much testing of the air, and much implementation of new, and developing, technologies.

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The corrupted UN never seem to snub those who are helping rogue nations build nuclear weapons or the countries that have raped Tibetan nuns, tortured Urgur Muslims and harvested the organs of Fulongong members.

UN is probably one of the most corrupted organizations in the world.

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china is one of the largest users of coal, especially during winter time and Mongolia is one of the largest exporters of coal to china. Funny how the idiots at UN seem to be too cowardly to point that out.

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Greta who??

You haven't heard? She is some sixteen year old who repeats what scientists are saying about the environment.

This makes middle aged men very angry for because they ignore what actual scientists say, but when they are repeated by a young female, using more emotional language, they go the colour of a gammon ham and nearly explode.

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So the U.N. is committed to abolishing all coal-fired power plants for environmental reasons, let alone nuclear power plants. Is the U.N. General Secretary prepared to go back to the Neolithic life?

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Is the U.N. General Secretary prepared to go back to the Neolithic life?

Nope, and neither is AOC, they're going to continue to, in AOC's own words, "live in the world as it is."

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Greta Thundermouth, now there is a reason to build a coal fired power station!

I agree with the scientists, I agree with the project to wean our civilisation off intrinsically limited supplies of fossil fuel but she is just a mouth piece for radical and impractical solutions that would ultimately do vastly more harm than good.

First deal with the low hanging fruit, reduce energy use per capita by measures like insulation of existing buildings, design in low energy requirements for all new build (no exceptions), improved equipment energy efficiency and apply throughout the supply chain the hierarchy “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”.

Then you can address the energy supply requirements by decentralising as much of the supply as possible through consumers (domestic and industrial) generating their own through wind/solar and ground/air source heating. Nationally countries on the Pacific rim have a vast untapped resource in geothermal energy and in some places wave/tidal power.

And yes there are nuclear solutions that are much cheaper and safer, just not what the large corporations want to sell you.

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The UN is an undemocratic organization, run by unelected bureaucrats in Washington. Its extremely regrettable they deny PM Abe the chance to speak. Per person, Japan is one of lowest CO2 polluters in OECD. and its getting lower and lower every year.

This is anti-Japan bias by UN.

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Was gonna say it won,t be long before LDP Internet soldiers are on here crying victim and poor Japan...and voila , there is Ganbare ...like clockwork :)

the new Environmental Minister, who by the way should be the expert to talk on such issues; but I forgot he has no background in Environmental Science or Environmental Engineering.

Thats a bit harsh on Koizumi Jr, if you look at the Japanese ministers, portfolio by portfolio pretty much none of them have experience in the area they supposedly oversee ( my personal favorite remains the hopeless oyaji who was in charge of cybersecurity and never owned a smartphone or used a computer lol )

GREAT NEWS. Hope it sends a message that only effective action is welcome - not platitudes, falese promises, and crass actions - 

Damn...and I was so ready to hear another Shinzo pledge & urge...:) Never mind, with the sakura party scandal beginning to bite, surely a new catchy ' pledge ' to divert attention is being prepared as we speak.:)

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The UN is an undemocratic organization, run by unelected bureaucrats in Washington. Its extremely regrettable they deny PM Abe the chance to speak. Per person, Japan is one of lowest CO2 polluters in OECD. and its getting lower and lower every year.

This is anti-Japan bias by UN.

Oh Ganbare Japan - quite untrue. You are either mistaken or simply a liar. I will assume that this is a mistake.

Japan is the 2nd highest emitter of CO2 in the OECD (USA is first). It is also the 5th highest emitter of CO2 in the world. The highest are:

1) China

2) USA

3) India

4) Russia

5) Japan

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It seems the UN can see Abe for the absolute charlatan he is.

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What did they expect anyway? By shutting down many of the nuclear power plants, Japan has to get their heat source from somewhere. Do they even know how harsh it here is in winter? Unless they want us to die, coal plants it currently the only solution right now until a new solution come up. Which is not easy because our country suffer each year from typhoons,earth quakes, landslide and floods. Here things get destroyed easily by natural disasters, so rebuilding things with quality is not cheap and easy. Currently there are still so many people living in camps provided by the government after these disasters struck.

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Japan has built its economy on innovation, creativity, technology and being ahead of consumer and society demands. However, when it comes to renewable energy, instead of being a world leader and seeing the possible benefits to its economy and the environment, it is dragging its heals. Nevertheless, the Japanese representative at the UN should have been allowed to speak if only to see if any changes have occurred to Japan's stance on the issues and to allow others to counter act the representatives points. It is noticeable that Toyota is investing billions in fully electric cars now that Tesla and other electric car companies are increasing their productivity. Why has Japan become a follower where before it was a world leader of change?

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I’d rather Abe promote coal than dump nukes into the sea.

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The UN is an undemocratic organization, run by unelected bureaucrats in Washington. Its extremely regrettable they deny PM Abe the chance to speak. Per person, Japan is one of lowest CO2 polluters in OECD. and its getting lower and lower every year.

This is anti-Japan bias by UN.

How predictable. The UN which, incidentally is a worldwide organisation, is somehow anti-Japanese.

The whole world is against Japan. Nothing changes in Japan.

Incidentally, there is nothing more irritating in this world, than the Japanese when they don't get their own little way.

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Ganbare Japan: "This is anti-Japan bias by UN."

You know what it means when one single person is in the room screaming about how everyone else but him or her is crazy, right? Awww... poor Japan!

I think Ah-So hit the nail on the head with everything else.

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By shutting down many of the nuclear power plants, Japan has to get their heat source from somewhere. Do they even know how harsh it here is in winter?

It was Japan's decision to shut down the nuclear power plants, no one else's.

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Following the nuclear disaster, which happened because of a massive safety failure, the reactor fleet were shut down until a safety review and new standards introduced. About 22 reactors that failed the safety reviews will be decommissioned because the capital investment to update them exceeds the profits which can be made.

Japan is the third largest UN contributor behind USA and UK but has no permanent seat.

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Upset over coal power plants?

That's why you need to restart nuclear reactors back online.

Helps the environment, cost effictive, Japanese oil tankers won't get hit with missiles in the Middle East.

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The U.N., a corrupt joke of an organization.

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Japan is the third largest UN contributor behind USA and UK but has no permanent seat.

What would Japan do with a permanent seat on the security council? Japan punches below its weight on the international stage.

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What Abe wants to say and what UN wants in the protocol I don't care. What people need to live well and think a better vision to the world- is much important. No politics or protocols, we need to co-exist with the nature, the easier answer. However we still living in this world of convenience of mass production (materialism) and economic growth and ways of survive...That's a story of a millionaire today(plotting corruptions) to find himself a beggar tomorrow. That's not a real world we are looking for. Abe or UN opinions or many CEO's meetings won't resolve anything, if there are more coals, plant more green everywhere and clean the vast water of rivers. lakes, seas and oceans and take the heavenly balance. Politics, protocols? Bah!

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Why ?

Down with UN, ass simple as that.

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Akie, what has a small member of the horse family got to do with the UN?

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while japan justifies dumping 100 million tons of raidoactive water into the worlds ocean

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Down with UN, ass simple as that.

No one's forcing Japan to stay in the UN. Perhaps it can storm out, just as did from the League of Nations before WW2 (although it retrospect, not sure that ended well for Japan).

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This Kyodo News is not the fact. It was officially denied by Suga Chief Cabinet Secretary

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abe should understand.

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