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Some food for thought for the weekend on where Japan stands right now on a range of environmental issues:

  • Since becoming prime minister in September, Suga has pushed climate change higher up the national agenda than ever. On the latest Deep Dive podcast, JT staff writer Ryusei Takahashi joins host Oscar Boyd to discuss Suga’s pledge to make Japan carbon neutral by 2050. Also, contributor Eric Margolis tells us how Japan is already being affected by climate change.
  • As part of the plan to hit net-zero, Suga has vowed to ban new internal-combustion engine cars by the mid-2030s. Toyota boss Akio Toyoda has derided the plan as ill-informed and unrealistic, saying any emissions savings would be offset by increased energy generation to power electric cars. In his Media Mix column, Philip Brasor examines the claim.
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