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As host of the third United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conference in Kyoto in December, Japan should work out an achievable target for all parties in an effort to curb emissions of global-warming gases, says Hiroshi Oki, newly appointed general director of the Environment Agency.

Oki, 70, a former diplomat and a member of the Upper House, argues that industrialized member countries should be able to reach a common reduction target at the Kyoto conference, but is cautious when mentioning specific figures. “There are still differences between the European Union, Japan and the United States on their reduction targets,” Oki told reporters. “We could fail to obtain consensus if we pursued, for example, the EU’s 15 percent reduction as the final goal.”

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