Amidst growing environmental concerns worldwide, Japan is seen as particularly vulnerable to the effects of changing climate. This book considers Japan’s response to the climate change problem from the late 1980s up to the present day, assessing how the Japanese government’s policy-making process has developed over time. From the early days of climate change policy in Japan, through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conferences and Kyoto Protocol, right up to the 2015 negotiations, the book examines the environmental, economic, and political factors that have shaped policy. As the 2015 Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change projects forward beyond 2020, the book concludes by analyzing how Japan has placed itself in the global climate change debate and how the country might and should respond to the problem in the future, based on the findings from accumulated history.
1. Framing Japan's response to climate change
2. Emergence of the climate change problem and adoption of the UNFCCC (1980S-1994)
3. COP3 and the Kyoto Protocol (1995-2002)
4. Struggling to find the "Post-Kyoto" Regime, 2002-2010
5. The Tohoku earthquake and reconsideration of Japan's energy policies (2011-2015)
Annex 1: Chronicle of Japan's Climate Change Policy
The role of Asia will be crucial in tackling the world's environmental problems. The primary aim of this series is to publish original, high quality, research-level work by scholars in both the East and the West on all aspects of Asia and the environment. The series aims to cover all aspects of environmental issues, including how these relate to economic development, sustainability, technology, society, and government policies; and to include all regions of Asia.