In the press review of Thursday, April 8, we will discuss: the government’s carbon neutrality objective, a party linked to the Ministry of Health and its serious consequences, then the number of cannabis-related offenses that continue to increase. increase in the Archipelago.
Towards carbon neutrality by 2050
The Japanese government aims by 2030 to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% compared to its 2013 figures. This decision, below the previous objective, comes before the meeting between the Prime Minister. minister Yoshihide Suga and the american president Joe biden, April 16 in Washington and a virtual climate summit hosted by Biden on April 22 and 23, 2021. Indeed, the Japanese Prime Minister’s goal of 2030 is now justified by the ambition to make Japan a emission neutral country by 2050. The government had previously planned to finalize the target for 2030 at the COP26, last November, but Mr. Suga decided to reassess it according to the developments of the international community. While the Minister of the Environment Japan proposes an ambitious goal of reducing emissions by 45%, the Minister of Industry recommends a more cautious rate of 35% taking into account the political and economic contexts. Japan also plans to expand projects that promote renewable energy to implement its plan.
The Covid comes to the Ministry of Health
On March 24, 23 officials working in the Elderly Health Division were seen in a izakaya, in the Ginza district of Tôkyô, partying there. This outing took place during the period when the Minister of Health insisted to citizens, on the fact that they had to accept to restrict themselves in their daily lives. This evening lasted from 7:15 p.m. to 11:50 p.m., even though the Tokyo government asked restaurants and bars to close at 9 p.m. fight against the coronavirus.
The health ministry said today that six of those officials tested positive for the novel coronavirus, including three who attended the party in Ginza. The health Minister, Norihisa Tamura, said at a meeting of the health, welfare and labor committee: “Once again, I sincerely apologize”. After highlighting the scandal, the ministry reprimanded the section chief and the 22 officials present. Tamura has also stated that he will voluntarily exempt himself from his salary in order to assume his responsibility.
The number of cannabis crimes explodes
According to the police, 5,034 people have been implicated in crimes related to the cannabis in Japan in 2020. Adolescents and those in their twenties would represent the majority of offenders. This is 713 more than the previous year and the number exceeds 5,000 for the first time. Cannabis use is at zero tolerance in Japan. The number of people involved in cannabis business, aged 14 to 19, quadrupled from 2016 to 12.9 per 100,000 people. As for the population over 20 years old, the number has multiplied by 2.5 to reach 20.1.
As some countries begin to legalize cannabis, the medical consumption for some consumers, recreational use for others, or even the CBD, Japan fights against people arriving from these countries. “Do not buy marijuana, even if you are in a country or region that legalizes it”the Foreign Ministry said in a statement last week. However, the majority of offenders started using cannabis when they were at least 20 years old but report using it the first time to integrate into a group.