In their meeting in Tokyo on Wednesday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to cooperate in creating an effective, post-Kyoto Protocol framework to fight global warming, in which all major greenhouse gas-emitting nations participate.

Climate change will be a major issue at next year’s Group of Eight summit at Lake Toya, Hokkaido. As Ms. Merkel pointed out, tough negotiations await, since the G8 countries lack consensus on such a framework. Mr. Abe’s leadership ability to coordinate their views in creating a joint front toward achieving the goal of halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 will be tested.

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