Climate Change

Japan Business Federation (Keidanren)

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Tokyo, Japan

The Japanese Business Federation (Keidanren) appear to have opposed most strands of climate change regulation. This is particularly significant as many Japanese corporations defer their political engagement to trade associations, of which Keidanren is probably the most powerful and influential. They are opposed to, and support the abolition of a carbon tax in Japan, reportedly advocating to the government it could drive companies overseas. They appear to be similarly opposed to a cap and trade scheme and government emissions quotas, reportedly lobbying the government against their introduction, believing these measures could undermine the 'vitality of the corporate sector'. There is some support with exceptions for energy efficiency standards and renewable energy legislation. However, they appear generally to support a high GHG energy mix and not to support government measures to transition the energy mix towards a low carbon economy. They further appear to have advocated for Japan to bring a less ambitious INDC to the COP 21 climate change talks, preferring business to lead with voluntary measures.

QUESTIONS SOURCES Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Climate Science Transparency 2 NS NA NA NS NA NA NA
Climate Science Stance 2 NA NA NA NS NA NA NA
Need for climate regulations NS NS NA NS NS NS NA NA
UN Treaty Support -2 NA NA NA NS NA NA NA
Transparency on Legislation 1 NA NA NA NA NA NA 0
Carbon Tax -2 NA NA NA -2 NA NA NA
Emissions Trading -2 NA NA -2 -2 NA NA NA
Energy Efficiency Standards 1 NA NA NA NS NA NA NA
Renewable Energy Legislation -1 NA NA NA -1 NA NA NA
Energy Policy and Mix -1 NA NA NA -1 -1 NA NA
GHG Emission Standards -1 NA NA -2 NS NA NA NA
Disclosure on Relationships 1 NA NA NA NA NA NA -1