Talks between Prime Minister Taro Aso and Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen

January 31, 2009

Prime Minister Taro Aso, who was in Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos (Davos Conference), held talks with Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen for about 30 minutes from 3:11 p.m. on January 31, 2009 (Saturday) (CEST). The summary of their discussion is as follows:

At the outset, Prime Minister Rasmussen stated that Denmark is preparing for the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP15) as the host-country this year and that summit-level involvement is important for the success of the conference.

Prime Minister Aso referred to the achievements of the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit last year in Japan and stressed that it is essential that all major economies such as the United States and China participate in the post-2012 framework. He stated that Japan wishes to work closely with Denmark, the host-country of COP15.

Prime Minister Rasmussen stated that strong political will is needed to halve CO2 emissions by 2050 and that the EU is ready for a 30% reduction by 2020 if an international agreement is reached. Prime Minister Aso responded by saying that Japan is working to establish a mid-term goal based on scientific analyses, with a holistic approach covering the environment, the economy, and energy, and that the goal will be announced by June.

The two leaders concurred that global environmental problems can be solved through technological innovations and other means in light of their countries' experiences and that these problems could -promote, rather than restrict, -economic growth. They also reaffirmed that Japan and Denmark, which share similar experiences, will work together to bring COP15 to a successful conclusion.

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