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Japan may include golf courses and gardens in residential and public areas, including those at shrines, in carbon dioxide absorption calculations to meet its goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, Environment Ministry officials said Monday.

Greenery in private complexes nationwide, including golf courses, totals several hundred thousand hectares and may help Japan achieve its goal of reducing emissions by 6 percent from the 1990 level by 2008-2012.

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