Japanese Gov't Get's Serious About Global Warming

Ten urban districts will be designated ast models for introducing measures to reduce heat-island effect and arrest global warming.

Published: 02-Jan-2005

The government is to designate by March about 10 urban districts that are being redeveloped as model areas by the introduction of measures to reduce the heat-island effect and arrest global warming.

Under the plan, businesses involved in the redevelopments that implement environmental measures, such as the installation of systems to use waste water and waste heat or the planting of greenery on rooftops, will be given top priority for state subsidies. The aim of the plan is to provide the model areas with systems that save energy.

Although similar measures in the past usually have been taken individually, it is expected the government's initiative will lead to such measures being introduced in larger regional units.

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