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Monday, 9th February 2009
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Aso proposes "Green New Deal"

Taro Aso, the prime minister of Japan, is to tell his ministers to draft a "Green New Deal" to help the country take on the twin challenges of the economic downturn and climate change, it has emerged.

A proposed economic stimulus package is likely to include measures to reduce carbon emissions, reports the Nikkei business daily.

Ban Ki-moon, the secretary general of the United Nations, also recently called for "Green New Deal", echoing the New Deal of former US president Franklin D Roosevelt during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

In a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos last month, Mr Aso said Japan would announce its mid-term target for the reduction of carbon emissions by June.

Japan has already pledged to cut its emissions of carbon dioxide by up to 80 per cent by 2050.

Recent opinion polls have shown that approval ratings for Mr Aso have fallen by a further 1.1 per cent to 18.1 per cent.

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