Japan's next PM vows tough greenhouse gas cuts
Tokyo: Japan's next Prime Minister Monday vowed tough greenhouse gas cuts for the world's number two economy as he prepared to name key cabinet posts ahead of taking power next week.
Yukio Hatoyama, whose centre-left Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) defeated a conservative party in a landslide election eight days earlier, said his government would take an aggressive global stance on climate change.
Japan would seek to cut its emissions by 25 percent by 2020 from 1990 levels a cut far deeper than that pledged by the outgoing business-friendly government of Prime Minister
"Our nation will strongly call on major countries around the world to set aggressive goals," said Hatoyama, 62, who last week suggested that Japan would seek a greater voice in international diplomacy.
The premier-in-waiting, who is due to take office on September 16, is planning to detail his plan, which he dubbed the 'Hatoyama Initiative,' at a UN meeting on climate change
in New York later this month.
Japan will officially present its target at international talks in Copenhagen in December aimed at agreeing a follow-up treaty to the Kyoto Protocol which expires in 2012.
Japan is the fifth largest emitter of greenhouse gases which are blamed for raising global temperatures, melting the earth's ice caps and glaciers, and changing weather patterns.