Japan will take every diplomatic opportunity to narrow differences over greenhouse gas emissions targets to ensure the upcoming COP3 international global warming conference in Kyoto does not fail, Chief Cabinet Secretary Kanezo Muraoka said Friday.

Muraoka said Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto told government officials to be ready to dispatch special envoys to some key countries to ask that they adopt flexible stances so an international consensus can be reached based on a proposal made by the Japanese government.

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