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Kyoto is a city of traditions, he said, one of which is not to be wasteful, especially in the household. This tradition forms the basis of the municipal ordinances, which aim to curb greenhouse gas emissions through recycling and cutting waste, Kadowaki said.

Asked about the future of the Kyoto Protocol, Kadokawa echoed the Japanese government’s position that although the treaty is the only legal instrument the world has to reduce emissions, it is critical to ensure future emission cuts through an agreement that includes both the U.S. and China.

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