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COPENHAGEN — Japan won the “fossil of the day” award Thursday from international nongovernmental organizations that said the country could do better despite announcing Wednesday night it will contribute ¥1.75 trillion between 2010 and 2012 to help developing countries adapt to climate change.

“Much of its short-term pledging comes from a while back, with very little clarity if there is anything additional,” said Climate Action Network, an NGO group that has been daily announcing those countries it believes performed the worst during the negotiations at the U.N. climate change conference. Japan, Canada and Australia together shared third, or “fossil,” place.

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