The Japanese government likes to call itself a climate leader, but it continues to spend billions of dollars financing coal power plants, locking in new greenhouse gas emissions for decades to come. Just this past April, the Japanese government approved a $1.2 billion loan for the Van Phong 1 Coal Project in Vietnam.
All eyes will be on Japan as it hosts the G20 next week – and we’re gearing up to make sure Prime Minister Abe feels the heat. If we can mobilize pressure on the Japanese government while it’s in the global spotlight, we can push the government to end its coal support.
We’re working directly with the ‘No Coal Japan’ campaign and Japanese groups who will be delivering your message to Prime Minister Abe just as the G20 is kicking off. We’re expecting a lot of media attention, but only if we can get enough petition signatures.
Ending Japan’s coal finance is a lynchpin in ending coal finance more broadly. Japan, Korea, and China are among the last major public financiers of overseas coal power. If Japan ends its coal finance, the others will be under tremendous pressure to follow suit.
Getting Japan out of coal is critical in our fight to protect our communities and our climate.