The delicately balanced global climate talks in Cancún suffered a serious setback last night when Japan categorically stated its opposition to extending the Kyoto protocol – the binding international treaty that commits most of the world's richest countries to making emission cuts.
The brief statement, made by Jun Arima, an official in the government's economics trade and industry department, in an open session, was the strongest yet made against the protocol by one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases.
He said: "Japan will not inscribe its target under the Kyoto protocol on any conditions or under any circumstances."
It looks as though Japanese scientists have been working with Japanese business interests, and the business interests have told the Japanese government that:
1. The alleged "science" of the warmistas has absolutely zero hard evidence with which to back up their allegations, and
2. It will absolutely eviscerate an already fragile economy in Japan, which Japan's government doesn't need.