Japanese capital plans emissions trading scheme

Tokyo aims to curb its greenhouse-gas emissions from big offices and factories by introducing a mandatory cap-and-trade scheme, Reuters reported.

The limits, which are set to be adopted by the city assembly on Wednesday, will target Tokyo’s biggest emitters, which are responsible for 20% of the capital’s emissions, the report said.

The plan for compulsory limits was welcomed by the environment ministry as in line with an emissions cutting drive by prime minister Yasuo Fukuda.

"This is an encouraging effort… We want to welcome it and at the same time, show our respect," environment minister Ichiro Kamoshita was quoted as saying.

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