Japan's environment minister heads for COP26

Japan's Environment Minister Yamaguchi Tsuyoshi is on his way to Britain to attend the ongoing UN climate conference in Glasgow.

He is to take part in ministerial talks on details of a text to be adopted on the final day of COP26 on Friday.

The ministerial meeting began one day before the second Cabinet led by Prime Minister Kishida Fumio was inaugurated. Yamaguchi headed for Glasgow, Scotland, shortly after the attestation ceremony was held late Wednesday.

COP26 aims to keep global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels.

Yamaguchi is to seek understanding for Japan's stance as well as contribute to the last-ditch efforts on compiling details of a text.

He will also hold separate talks with the United States and China, the world's two largest emitters of greenhouse gases, to exchange opinions over their respective anti-warming measures.

Yamaguchi plans to attend an event to be held marking the climate change conference to highlight Japan's anti-climate change policies and showcase its state-of-the-art technologies underpinning them.

In a comment prior to his departure, the minister expressed Japan's determination to come up with ambitious efforts to better cut greenhouse gas emissions and work out a market mechanism for that purpose. He also said he will make clear Japan's views while doing all he can to conclude ministerial negotiations.