If the “western” industrialized nations are in motion in the fight against climate change, despite the numerous contradictions, two powerful and developed Asian nations, China and Japan, have decided to play their part, overcoming the historic accusations.
Therefore, a public-private forum on the subject of energy saving and the environment was organized in Tokyo. Opportunity to strengthen ties between the two nations and confirm cooperation, as evidenced by the presence of 800 officials of Japanese and Chinese government agencies, in addition to preceding the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Japan next spring. At the same time it appears as a continuation of a forum started in 2006, interrupted only in 2013 following the purchase of three of the five main islands in the uninhabited Senkakus by their private owner in September 2012 by the Japanese government.
Many problems on the table. From atmospheric pollution, especially in cities, to the pollution of the great Chinese rivers, passing through the areas victims in Japan of the last nuclear accidents to be redeveloped. And more technological problems, electric vehicles, use of hydrogen, renewable energy sources and promotion of recycling.
Several agreements were taken on this occasion, 26 memoranda of cooperation, both private and public.
Marubeni Corp. and a Chinese chemical maker agreed to start experiments on hydrogen utilization; also Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. and Mizuho Bank will set up frameworks of information exchanges with their respective Chinese partners.
Chinese National Development and Reform Commission deputy head Zhang Yong said: «China will take tax and fiscal measures to boost the development of green industries», thanks to the Belt and Road initiative.
Environment Minister of Japan, Shinjiro Koizumi, warned that 90 percent of all beaches around the world will be lost by 2100 if global warming problems are not tackled.
Economy, Trade and Industry Minister, Hiroshi Kajiyama said: «Expectations are high that Japan and China will tackle global issues».