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Russia has notified Japan that it is willing to discuss Tokyo’s proposal for joint implementation of energy-saving programs and trading of greenhouse gas “emission rights,” which were provided for in the protocol adopted at a key global warming conference in Kyoto last December, government officials said April 7.

The issue will probably be put on the agenda of the April 18-19 informal summit between Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto and Russian President Boris Yeltsin, the officials said. During a bilateral meeting of officials in charge of energy policy, Japan proposed joint implementation of some energy-saving programs, including measures to improve the efficiency of obsolete power facilities and oil refineries in Russia.

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