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Monday, 15th June 2009
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Japan discusses green issues with China and Korea

Japanese ministers have met with representatives from China and South Korea to discuss a unified regional policy on green issues.

Representatives congregated at the 11th Tripartite Environmental Ministers Meeting to outline priorities such as sandstorm prevention, air and water pollution management, and reduction of smog and emissions.

In attendance was Japanese environment minister Tetsuo Saito, along with Chinese and Korean counterparts Zhou Shengxian and Lee Maanee.

Another priority discussed was cooperation over environmental education and the encouragement of public awareness and participation in green initiatives.

Japanese policy was specifically targeted at reducing greenhouse gas emissions via increased commitment to electric car and new energy technologies, with China Daily reporting that Mr Saito had promised a programme of "green economic and social change" for the country.

The Japanese auto industry is already enjoying success with its promotion of electric car technology, with recent sales figures revealing that hybrid vehicles have topped the country's sales charts for two consecutive months.

Written by Susan Ballion

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