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Climate Change for the US and Japan

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Leader Prof. Masahiko Gemma, Waseda University
Researcher Muneta Yokomatsu, Kyoto University , Hiroshi Ohta, Waseda University, Kenji Horiguchi, Waseda University, Ayu Washizu, Waseda University, Shenggen Fan (International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, D.C.), Rodney Smith (University of Minnesota), Zbigniew Bochniarz (University of Washington), Harry de Gorter (Cornell University), Yacov Tsur (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Term June 2009 - March 2010
Research Outline

 The Obama administration has been committed to setting a medium goal for the reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. The Japanese government has also proposed a 50% reduction in GHG emissions by 2050. Both countries have called for international collective actions on the reduction of GHG emissions.
 This study analyzes the economic and social impacts of the introduction of active motions for the reduction of GHG emissions under different scenarios. In particular, the study focuses on the urgent issues embodied in the conflict between alternative energy policies and food security concerns. The objectives of the research are (1) to deepen understanding of food security issues as they relate to energy security and related alternative energy and environmental policies and (2) to produce viable insight and useful policy implications in local, national and international perspectives for both Japan and the United States.

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