Japan's environment minister holds talks at COP26

Japan's Environment Minister Yamaguchi Tsuyoshi has held talks with his US and Chinese counterparts at the ongoing UN climate talks in Britain.

Yamaguchi arrived in Glasgow on Thursday. He left Japan shortly after attending the attestation ceremony for the second Cabinet led by Prime Minister Kishida Fumio.

Yamaguchi told reporters that the joint anti-climate change declaration by the US and China, the world's largest and second largest CO2 emitters, is a symbolic event that demonstrates there are no borders for environmental issues and it is of great significance. He expressed Japan's willingness to join the efforts.

Yamaguchi reportedly held talks with China's special representative for climate change, Xie Zhenhua, to discuss how to achieve a successful outcome for the climate conference.

He then met with US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry.

Kerry is said to have told Yamaguchi that there is a lot to do in the fight against climate change and the US has high expectations for Japan.

The two officials reportedly exchanged views on rules for steady implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement, a key international framework on climate change, among other issues.

Yamaguchi is expected to hold more bilateral meetings and attend other sessions on Friday, the final day of the COP26 climate conference.