Saori Iwano,18, is a member of the youth-led climate movement Fridays for Future, which was launched in 2018 by Greta Thunberg and other young activists. Iwano, along with several other young Japanese activists, launched a chapter of the group here in February 2019 and this year attended COP26, the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Glasgow.

1. After this year, what grade would you give Japan on climate? I’d give Japan a C-.

2. Ouch, why such a low grade? It comes down to (our) decision-making process, but also the most urgent issue of the continued use and export of coal-fired power plants, and that the emission reduction target doesn’t integrate the Paris Agreement goals.