Tetsurou Fukuyama, Japan's Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and upper house member of Japan's Democratic Party, discussed the environmental policies of the Hatoyama administration Nov. 5, 2009, at the Smart Energy Symposium 2009.

The following is the summary of his speech.

The Hatoyama administration is aiming at reducing CO2 emissions by 25 percent compared with 1990 levels. It is hard to achieve, he said, but we should not look away from climate change issues just because they are difficult to address.

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