The government is intent on achieving nearly two-thirds of the greenhouse gas cuts it has pledged under a U.N. climate accord by using the carbon dioxide-absorbing properties of the nation’s forests, The Japan Times learned Wednesday.

A committee commissioned by the Environment Ministry and Forestry Agency to review the issue said that Japan should be able to attain up to 3.9 percentage points of the 6 percent cut in its greenhouse gas emissions required by the Kyoto Protocol via forests.

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