Environment Minister Shunichi Suzuki said Friday his ministry will draft an environment tax by this summer to fight global warming. “We would like to come up with a draft for the tax by this summer to foster public debate on the issue before actually introducing the tax,” Suzuki said.

Under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on curbing global warming, Japan is required to cut its greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 6 percent between 2008 and 2012.

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