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Make climate Battle’Hot,’ says Japan’s new environment Ministry

Japan’s new environment minister, Shinjiro Koizumi, vowed on Sunday to mobilise young people to push his coal-dependent nation towards a low-carbon potential by making the struggle against climate change”hot” and”fun.”

“In politics, there are many problems, occasionally dull. On handling such a big-scale problem such as climate change, it has got to be entertaining, and it has got to be trendy. It has got to be hot too,” Koizumi told a news conference at New York.

Japanese pupils in Tokyo were one of the countless young men and women who took to the streets on Friday to express the anxiety and outrage they believe over the collapse of authorities to restrain greenhouse gas emissions, which hit a record high last year.

Considered a rising star on Japan’s political arena, Koizumi, 38, became the youngest lawmaker to combine a post-World War Two Japanese cupboard when Abe declared a reshuffle this season.

The son of former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi, he’s often rated by voters since the lawmaker they’d like to see in the best job when Abe measures down.

Although Japan isn’t expected to speak in the climate summit on Monday,” Koizumi stated he had been in New York to find out more about the condition of discussions on international greenhouse gas emissions and meet Japanese students.

He was talking together with Christiana Figueres, an architect of the 2015 Paris Agreement to curtail global warming, who’d encouraged him to fulfil different businesses and banks planning to accelerate investment in clean energy projects in Asia.

“It behoves the rest of the planet to come together to encourage Japan, in addition to the other Asian nations, to move outside irrigation,” explained Figueres, a Costa Rican diplomat who leads Mission 2020, an effort to accelerate climate actions.

“We will need to create an extraordinary effort which will prefer the fuels which most of us must move into,” she explained.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had advised authorities they should turn up to the summit when they arrived equipped with much more ambitious plans to reduce carbon emissions below the Paris accord, which reaches an essential implementation phase following year.

Guterres has also urged authorities to not create some new coal plants following 2020 – putting him at odds with Japan, that’s the only G7 nation to be incorporating coal-fired energy generation capacity. Japan’s banks and government also play a significant part in funding new coal plants everywhere in Asia.

“We have not taken the powerful action and potent leadership as then, but from today, from now, we would like to do more,” Koizumi said, without providing specifics.

Koizumi sparked controversy soon after being appointed when he told his first news conference he needs Japan to shut down nuclear reactors to avert a repeat of this Fukushima tragedy in 2011. Isshu Sugawara, newly-appointed as commerce minister, reacted by stating it could be conducive to rid Japan of atomic energy.

“I wish to realise a society, a nation, without fear about the nuclear catastrophe,” he explained. “However, it is not simple, and it is a complex matter. But I’ll try my very best to decrease nuclear energy later on.”