Japan’s Climate Change Efforts Hindered By Biased Business Lobby

Business World | Aug 6, 2020 at 11:17 AM
  • Japan’s powerful business lobby Keidanren is dominated by energy-intensive sectors that represent less than 10% of the economy, resulting in national policies that favour coal and hindering attempts to combat climate change.
  • The influence of the country’s electricity, steel, cement, car and fossil fuel sectors undermines Japan’s attempts to meet its Paris Agreement commitments.
  • InfluenceMap noted that other groups in Japan which count blue-chip firms from the retail, finance, tech and construction sectors among their members – such as the Japan Climate Initiative and Japan Climate Leaders’ Partnership – have sharply criticised the government’s climate change efforts.