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Japan: Toyota executive to advise on climate change

Date: 27 Dec 2007

The Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda has appointed Hiroshi Okuda, a senior advisor for Toyota, to become a special advisor to the Cabinet on the economy and global warming.

The move reflects official recognition of Toyota's leadership in the development of environmentally friendly cars, and the government's intention to show greater leadership on the issue of climate change. Okuda will attend conferences on a new international pact for action on climate change to succeed the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

Speaking after the announcement, Okuda said that the importance of the issue meant that the new role would receive energetic attention in advance of the crucial talks to come. Fighting over the global aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions is expected to be fierce.

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