Japan Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi on Sunday said fighting against climate change should be “sexy” and “fun,” while he invited young people to join his campaign to push Japan towards a low-carbon country.
“In politics there are so many issues, sometimes boring. On tackling such a big-scale issue like climate change, it’s got to be fun, it’s got to be cool. It’s got to be sexy too,” Koizumi said on the eve of a United Nations climate summit in New York.
“We are committed to realizing a decarbonized society, and we are ready to contribute as a more powerful country in the fight against climate change,” he said.
On Sept. 20, Japanese students in Tokyo took the streets to express their outrage and dissatisfaction over the governments failing to control and handle climate change. The rally was in response to Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg’s call for a global strike to raise the awareness of the issue.
Koizumi, 38, is considered a rising star on Japan’s political scene. He joined the Cabinet when Abe announced a reshuffle earlier this month and became the third-youngest lawmaker entering cabinet after World-War II.
His father is the charismatic former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. Before he entered the Cabinet, he was often rated by voters as the lawmaker who they would mostly support to become the prime minister in the future when Abe steps down.
By Carol Kan