Last December, COP21 negotiators convened in Paris to lay out ambitious goals to combat global climate change. While the Paris Agreement was a remarkable breakthrough, it is the post-Paris agenda that will determine the ultimate success of this international effort. Climate change is a priority item in the U.S.-Japan agenda to globalize their alliance, as underlined in the Obama-Abe joint vision statement of April 2015. As two of the largest emitters in the world, domestic measures to abide by their Paris emission targets will loom large in the abatement of greenhouse gases. The challenge is steep for Japan as it has moved away from nuclear energy in the aftermath of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, while making slow progress in the development of renewables. And new questions have arisen regarding the future implementation of U.S. climate agenda commitments under the incoming Trump administration.
On December 20, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies and the Cross-Brookings Initiative on Energy and Climate hosted a distinguished panel of climate policy experts from the United States and Japan to address critical issues for the future of the climate agenda and U.S.-Japan relations. What does the nature of the Paris commitments mean for the task of implementation? What kind of domestic transformation is required in each country, e.g., what are the choices to be made in energy policy? And how can Japan and the United States collaborate on innovation efforts to move away from carbon dependent-economies?
Climate Policy Analyst - NewClimate Institute
Deputy Chief of Mission - Embassy of Japan in the United States of America
Fellow for Energy and Technology - Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA
To subscribe or manage your subscriptions to our top event topic lists, please visit our event topics page.
If Trump and his group hoped that this kind of tough talk would make the North Koreans nervous, and make them come back with their tail between their legs — no, that’s just not the way they work. This is a stupid move. By pushing North Korea away, in such an in-your-face way, he’s pushing them to work separately with the South Koreans and the Chinese.
Timing the pull-out to the exact moment North Korea was publicly doing Trump a favor looked like an intentional burn. This was a slap in the face against Kim [Jong-un].