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Policy developments in Japan on global warming: the politics of conflict and the producer-oriented policy response

Shizuka Oshitani

in Global Warming Policy in Japan and Britain

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780719069383
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701546 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719069383.003.0005
Policy developments in Japan on global warming: the politics of conflict and the producer-oriented policy response

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Carbon dioxide accounts for about 90 per cent of greenhouse emissions in Japan, and about 90 per cent of these carbon dioxide emissions stem from energy-related sources. The historical growth in these emissions is due largely to the growth in energy demand rather than the pattern of use of fossil fuels. This chapter examines policy developments in Japan on global warming, focusing on the politics of conflict and the producer-oriented policy response. After providing an overview on the emergence of global warming on the Japanese political agenda, the chapter discusses the policy of target-setting in carbon dioxide control, differences in opinion between the Environment Agency and the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, progress after the Earth Summit, the Japanese strategy to tackle global warming, Japan's energy efficiency policy, policy frameworks for the promotion of new energy, voluntary action of Japanese industry in the conservation of global environment, and environment taxes.

Keywords: Japan; carbon dioxide; global warming; carbon dioxide emissions; politics; Environment Agency; Ministry of International Trade and Industry; energy efficiency; new energy; environment taxes

Chapter.  9724 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Environment

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