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Environment Minister Sakihito Ozawa said Wednesday he is ready to exercise leadership as Japan’s negotiator at next week’s international meeting in Copenhagen on climate change and to work to ensure China and the United States commit to setting new reduction targets from 2013.

Because of time constraints, Ozawa acknowledged that a legally binding text to set emission targets after the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012 was out of reach at the COP15 meeting. The widely held view is that the participating countries at the meeting, which starts Dec. 7, may agree on a comprehensive political agreement to set goals to work toward future legal documentation.

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