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Japan greatly diminishes greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets to the dismay of countries now attending the annual UN climate conference. The announcement, blamed on the Fukushima nuclear crisis, spread a gloomy mood over the proceedings.
With cleanup from the Fukushima Daiichi plant far behind schedule, this week both Japan’s environment minister, Nobuteru Ishihara, and former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, a popular national figure, spoke out against nuclear power.