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Japan Takes Different Tack on Climate Change Efforts

Nov 8, 2012
(Wall Street Journal)

Japan is sidestepping multilateral efforts to limit greenhouse-gas emissions, working with Indonesia and other Asian countries on a bilateral basis to tackle climate change.

International climate-change negotiators will meet in Doha, Qatar, later this month to try to firm up an outline pact reached in South Africa a year ago, under which all countries would cut emissions starting in 2020. Elections in the U.S. and leadership changes in China have been among factors overshadowing efforts to reach compromises.

But Japan is taking a different tack, working with Indonesia and several other Asian nations on bilateral carbon-dioxide-offset pacts aimed at both cutting developing countries' emissions and promoting Japan's exports of energy-efficient and low-pollution technology.