Japan, US agree to intensify cooperation on climate issues

Senior environment officials from Japan and the United States reiterated that they will strive to strengthen cooperation between the countries in tackling climate change and other issues.

The head of the US Environmental Protection Agency, Michael Regan, visited Japan and met with Japanese Environment Minister Nishimura Akihiro on Friday.

Officials reiterated that Japan and the United States will step up their actions ahead of the UN climate change conference COP27 to be held in Egypt in November.

They also agreed to work closely together on international negotiations to reduce ocean plastic pollution.

After the talks, Nishimura told reporters that the two countries want to hold global discussions on these issues.

Regan expressed hope for their “continued international, regional and bilateral cooperation” to protect the environment.

Prior to the meeting, Regan and Nishimura met with young people from Fukushima Prefecture who spoke about their experience of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in eastern Japan, which triggered the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

The young people also informed the two about the current management of the treated water of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and the soil decontamination works.

Regan told them that the United States had not forgotten the people of Fukushima and that what it had done to rebuild and revitalize communities was inspiring.

Teresa H. Sadler