Japan pledges a major cut in its carbon emissions

# 19:23
22 April 2021

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan is now up.

Suga was the first world leader to meet President Biden face-to-face, at the White House earlier this week. Like the other leaders, he begins by commending Biden for calling today's summit.

"Japan is ready to demonstrate its leadership" on this issue, Suga says, and will reach its decarbonisation targets.

Suga pledges that Japan will aim to reduce emissions by 46% in 2030 compared to 2013 levels. Previously the country had pledged only a 26% cut in emissions.

Making Japan a greener society has been a top priority for Suga and he adds it will continue to push an ambitious top-level target for cutting carbon emissions.