Japan will attempt to build a consensus on a framework for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from 2000 but will not propose numerical targets, at an upcoming meeting in Bonn, government officials said July 28.

Senior officials of the Environment Agency, Foreign Ministry and Ministry of International Trade and Industry explained the approach to Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto on July 28 ahead of the meeting scheduled to start July 29. Hashimoto said at a news conference after the meeting, “I wonder whether it is a good idea to present Japan’s numerical target at the stage of a working meeting.”

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