On 6 July 2018, 100 Japanese firms, local governments and private groups launched the Japan Climate Initiatives, a network designed to strengthen exchange across subnational groups working on climate change countermeasures. Fifteen municipalities, including ICLEI Members Tokyo, Shimokawa, Kawasaki, Kyoto and Yokohama are part of this initiative.
Although the Paris Agreement was adopted by nations, all climate stakeholders are playing a major role in implementing climate action worldwide. This initiative in Japan resembles the groundswell of action across sectors, sparked by the We Are Still In initiative, in which 2,700 private companies, local governments and non-governmental organizations demonstrated they would still contribute to Paris goals, irrespective of national efforts.
At a press conference Deputy Mayor Norikazu Okada of Kyoto, underscored that Kyoto is determined to achieve a decarbonized society. The declaration follows decades of committed climate work since the Kyoto Protocol was signed in 1997.
The Japan Climate Initiatives network, which includes major companies like NTT Docomo and organizations like WWF Japan, will send a delegation to the Global Climate Action Summit in September 2018 and to the Japan Climate Change Action Summit just one month later. The group calls for participation from all climate stakeholders to step up their commitment to climate action.