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. In 2017, Keidanren appeared to oppose the post-2030 GHG emissions target under Japan’s INDC to the Paris Agreement. Keidanren have also stated opposition to a carbon tax in Japan, advocating to the government in 2017 that it could decrease the international competitiveness of Japanese companies. The Japanese Business Federation appears similarly opposed to a Japanese emissions trading scheme and government emissions quotas, advocating against the Japanese Ministry of the Environment’s Global Warming Countermeasures in a 2016 consultation response. Communications from Keidanren in 2015-16 suggest support for energy efficiency standards for coal plants, emphasizing the need for efficient coal technology. Keidanren further appear unsupportive of renewable energy legislation, with Chairman, Sadayuki Sakakibara, calling for an overhaul of Japan’s feed-in tariff scheme to reduce costs. Keidanren generally support a high GHG energy mix, with evidence suggesting that Keidanren support continued coal use in Asia and have advised the Japanese government to support a sustained role for coal in the energy mix.

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 NS NS NS NA NA
Climate Science Stance 0 -1 NA NS NS NS NA NA
Need for climate regulations -1 NS NA NS NS NS NA NA
UN Treaty Support -1 -1 NA 0 -2 1 NA NA
Transparency on Legislation 1 NA NA NA NA NA NA 1
Carbon Tax -2 -1 NA NS -1 NS NA NA
Emissions Trading -2 -2 NA -2 -1 NS NA NA
Energy Efficiency Standards 1 1 NA NS NS NS NA NA
Renewable Energy Legislation -1 -1 NA -1 -1 0 NA NA
Energy Policy and Mix 0 -1 NA -2 -1 -1 NA NA
GHG Emission Standards -1 0 NA -2 -1 0 NA NA
Disclosure on Relationships 1 NA NA NA NA NA NA 1