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It is ironic, or maybe more tragic, but Japan, the country which gave name to the Kyoto Protocol, now refuses to support its future. Its statement: “Japan will not inscribe its target under the Kyoto Protocol on any condi­tions or under any circumstances" is a bucket of cold water on the negotiations.

Japan signed the Kyoto Protocol and committed to negotiate a second commitment period. But now it is pulling back sharply, deepening the mistrust between rich and poor nations in the negotiations. I hope Japan reconsiders its rhetoric. It is now singled out as one of the black sheep blocking progress.

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