Japan and the United States plan to hold a summit of major
carbon emitters shortly before the Group of Eight summit scheduled
next July in Japan, Kyodo News said Monday.
Tokyo and Washington have started working-level talks on the
plan to convene the "Environment and Energy Summit" of G-8 leaders
and their partners from other carbon emitters ahead of the G-8
summit to be held July 7-9 in northern Japan's Hokkaido, the report
said, citing Japanese government sources.
Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda and US President George W.
Bush have both agreed to this bilateral initiative, which also
included holding a US-led meeting, "Major Economies Meeting on
Energy Security and Climate Change", around the same time in Japan,
Climate change will be a major focus in the G-8 summit in
Hokkaido next July. By holding the climate summit and US-led
meeting concurrently, Japan and the United States aim at taking a
lead in framing future global goals of greenhouse gas reduction,
(Xinhua News Agency December 24, 2007)