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Japan

TOTAL POPULATION

127.3 million YEAR 2014

CO2 EMISSIONS

1,214,000 kt COUNTRY, YEAR 2014

14,272,100 kt East Asia and Pacific, YEAR 2014

“A 26% reduction in emissions on 2013 levels by 2030.”

PARIS AGREEMENT TARGET

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Afrodita Bojadjieva donated € 10 to Bringing Back Forests In Kenya . Alina Iakovleva donated € 15 to Bringing Back Forests In Kenya . Nathan Bonnisseau donated € 5 to In Your Face . Sara Snaell donated € 1,000 to In Your Face . Sara Snaell donated € 1,000 to In Your Face . Sara Snaell donated € 1,000 to Recycled Electronics for German School Children . Abhijit Agarwal donated € 25 to Recycled Electronics for German School Children . Zero Waste Event donated € 78 to Promote Public Health in Mozambique through Safe Waste Management . Pub Quiz Event donated € 398 to Provide Eco-Friendly Stoves to Indigenous Guatemalans . Cocktails for the Planet Event donated € 1,594 to Help Rwandan Cities Control Waste and Stay Clean . Transmodernity Event donated € 113 to Empower and Facilitate the Youth Climate Change Movement in Iraq . Plan A E-Waste Event donated € 172 to Recycled Electronics for German School Children . Robby Block donated € 500 to Help an Indian Youth Organization Keep the Ocean Clean . Albrecht Schrader donated € 100 to Bringing Back Forests In Kenya . Albrecht Schrader donated € 100 to Help Lesotho Develop a Solar Energy System . Albrecht Schrader donated € 100 to Help Lesotho Develop a Solar Energy System . Konstantinos Dimitriadis donated € 5 to Help Build Eco-Friendly Homes for Rural Communities in India . Manon Steiner donated € 15 to Help Rwandan Cities Control Waste and Stay Clean . Bart van den Heuvel donated € 25 to Recycled Electronics for German School Children . Prateek Gogineni donated € 30 to Promote Clean Agroforestry in Rural India . Lluis Mateu donated € 50 to Bringing Back Forests In Kenya . Renato Anselmi Ricci donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Donal O‘Byrne donated € 1,300 to E-waste Race Germany . Kiki Beck donated € 20 to E-waste Race Germany . Donal O‘Byrne donated € 1,500 to E-waste Race Germany . Farah Piryeva donated € 200 to CROWDFOREST: Making Reforestation Faster and Free through Unmanned Aerial Vehicles . Ruggero Lambertini donated € 75 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Iren Dikova donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Vladimir Topencharov donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Vladimir Topencharov donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Luke Farrelly donated € 120 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Andrey Bankovski donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Kalina Zhechkova donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Anton Batchvarov donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Stivian Valchev donated € 35 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Tatyana Mitkova donated € 30 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . NELIA VATEVA donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Alex Kitov donated € 25 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Ivaylo Vasilev donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Alex Winkler donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Valeriia Muliukova donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Francesca bianchi donated € 100 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Stephanie van groenendael donated € 40 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Judith de Warren donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . nat Bonnisseau donated € 1 to Empowering Mangrove Women for a Healthy & Resilient Ecosystem . Luke Davis donated € 10 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Stanislav Stoev donated € 30 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Nathan Bonnisseau donated € 18 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Sara Riva donated € 50 to CROWDFOREST: Making Reforestation Faster and Free through Unmanned Aerial Vehicles . Luke Davis donated € 5 to E-waste Race Germany .

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CLIMATE SIGNIFICANCE

Japan is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, a zone covering the land bordering the Pacific ocean that has exceptional geological and volcanic activity. Nippon is exposed to numerous and powerful natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, eruptions, typhoons and tornadoes. 

In 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck northeastern Japan and a subsequent tsunami caused the meltdown of the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant. This is the single greatest nuclear catastrophe in the history of humanity. This position has strengthened the importance of coal in Japan’s energy mix. Today, coal plants provide one-third of the electricity on the archipelago. 

Japan spans 3,000 km from North to South. Its climate varies according to the latitude, elevation and exposition to the elements. This makes for an incredible variety of ecosystems. Mount Fuji’s sacred silhouette looms untouched for hundreds of years, whilst other places like Nara (the deer-city) or Okunoshima, the bunny paradise are full of life.  

Japan is possibly the country that has withstood the most natural disasters in its existence. It has developed in the process a very high savoir-faire in the fields of adaptation and prevention of risk. Modern skyscrapers are equipped with springs and hydraulic counterbalances, whilst the population is extremely educated in emergency response to these phenomena. 

Despite this experience, many observers have deemed Japan’s Paris targets insufficient to curb its own footprint and help others do better in the field of adaptation. It is also responsible for a large amount of e-waste and plastic based pollution, essentially due to its leadership in the tech industry. Japan is the fifth largest greenhouse gas emitter, and it has the potential to bring solutions to many of the tragic consequences of climate change. Gotta manage ‘em all!

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DATA INSIGHTS

The World Bank classifies Japan as a high-income country. To understand Japan’s position in the fight against climate change, it is useful to observe its history of carbon emissions and exposure to climate risk. The following plots provide an overview of Japan’s historic greenhouse gas emissions in perspective with global emission levels, as well as the country’s climate action and sustainability performance.


Japan Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Japan's timeline of total GHG emissions and the percentage change from 1990

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Japan Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Japan's timeline of total GHG emissions and the percentage change from 1990

Japan Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Japan Sustainable Development Goals Index (SDGI)

Japan’s performance on sustainable development

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Japan Sustainable Development Goals Index (SDGI)

Japan’s performance on sustainable development

Japan Sustainable Development Goals Index (SDGI)
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