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Environment Agency head Yoriko Kawaguchi said Tuesday that she will hold a “town meeting” in Kyoto next month to discuss with local residents Japan’s role in preventing climate change and the future of the Kyoto Protocol.

Kawaguchi told reporters that she will engage citizens, business leaders and nongovernmental organizations in a discussion on the upcoming Sixth Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP6), which will run from Nov. 13 to Nov. 24 in The Hague.

“I want to exchange opinions with citizens, local NGOs and local financial leaders,” Kawaguchi said.

The Kyoto Protocol, signed at COP3 in December 1997, requires industrialized countries to reduce greenhouse emissions to around 95 percent of 1990 levels by 2012.

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