Japan Business Federation (Keidanren)

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Tokyo, Japan

The Japanese Business Federation (Keidanren) has lobbied negatively on most strands of climate change regulation in Japan and appears to be supporting coal for future energy policy in Japan and South East Asia. 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. In 2016, Keidanren opposed the inclusion of an emissions trading scheme in the Ministry of the Environment’s (MOEJ) Plan for Global Warming Countermeasures under the Paris Agreement. In 2016- 2017, Keidanren also appears to have opposed making a long-term GHG emission target of 80% by 2050 an international commitment for Japan. In 2018, the Japanese government's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has been developing a new Basic Energy Plan and long-term energy strategy. In consultation with METI in 2018, Keidanren has directly advocated against an explicit carbon tax, having separately argued that it could decrease the international competitiveness of Japanese companies and generate carbon leakage.In the same consultation, Keidanren emphasized the financial burden of measures to boost renewable energy and former Keidanren Chairman Sadayuki Sakakibara has previously called for an overhaul of Japan’s feed-in tariff scheme to reduce costs. Alternatively, Keidanren has supported a high GHG energy mix, advocating to the Japanese government in favor of the sustained use of thermal coal, in particular, emphasizing a role for 'efficient' coal technology and also appearing to support continued coal use elsewhere in Asia.

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