During a meeting with global warming experts on August 27, Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto said Japan should take the lead in combating global warming.

While Japan will host the third conference of parties to the climate change convention in Kyoto in December, it has not been able to set a target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, mainly because of opposition from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry. Hashimoto hopes to usher the discussions along by meeting with experts working on measures to reduce emissions of gases, such as carbon dioxide, that contribute to global warming.

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