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Wednesday, 12th November 2008
In General Japan News,

Greenhouse emissions 'up 2.3 per cent'

Greenhouse gas emissions in Japan reached a record high in the 12 months leading up to March, meaning the country could fall short of its Kyoto objectives, it has been reported.

Last year, emissions increased by 2.3 per cent, largely as a result of the closure of Japan's biggest nuclear power station following an earthquake, reports Reuters.

The news will come as a blow to Japan's reputation as a pioneer of an eco-friendly ethos.

Tetsunari Iida, executive director of the Tokyo-based environmental policy NGO, the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies, commented: "We immediately need a set of effective policies to drive a change towards a more climate-friendly society."

Under its Kyoto target, Japan needs to cut emissions by around 13.5 per cent to just under 1.2 billion tonnes per year by 2012.

Automotive World also reports that shipments of Japanese environmentally sustainable vehicles has fallen 3.7 per cent.