A statement by the Foreign Minister of Japan at Rio+20, stating that Japan have a special responsibility to address the question, "What is a sustainable society?" and to find a path toward a society and civilization in harmony with nature. Issues addressed: three specific initiatives that Japan seeks to implement in order to create a "green future:"
• "Future City" initiative: Japan will construct sustainable cities with superior environmental technologies, core infrastructure and resilience all over the world. The Japanese government is advancing the “Future City” model of urban planning with state-of-the-art environmental sustainability, strong disaster resilience and superb livability.
• Organize the "Green Cooperation Volunteers" and cooperation regarding renewable energy: In order to achieve a green economy using superior energy and resource efficiency, it is essential to develop human resources in the fields of environmental policy making and environmental technology. Japan supports the development of human resources in developing countries by organizing new “Green Cooperation Volunteers” which will involve about 10,000 experts over three years.
• Cooperation to reduce risk from catastrophic natural disasters: help build resilient societies worldwide, with sound awareness by their members of disaster reduction. Japan emphasized that in July 2012 it would hold the World Ministerial Conference on Disaster Reduction in Tohoku, the very region struck by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
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