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Climage Change:

How it affects Japan

Japans GDP is at risk since climate change threatens Japans biggest industries

Climate change in Japan has global implications.

The citizens of Japan face a multitude of risks due to climate change.


Negative consequences threaten almost all aspects of the environment surrounding Japan

Japan is making some efforts to reduce the effects of climate change.

All of Japans largest industries are threatened by climate change. Without taking action this could result in a loss of 3.7% of Japan's total GDP by 2050 and 10.7% by 2100. This number could be reduced to 1.6% if Japan adopts a low-carbon policy immediately. This industries include agriculture which makes up 0.9% of the total GDP, fisheries which are threatened by ocean acidification which can reduce fish catch potential by up to 10.6%, and tourism which is reduced as the country experiences more severe storms, droughts, and floods.

Japan signed the 2015 Paris Climate agreement and has taken action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and turn towards more sustainable forms of energy. Japan also adopted personal short term goals of reducing emissions by 26% by 2026 and 80% by 2050 compared to 2013 levels. In 2020, Japan joined the Carbon Neutrality Coalition which is dedicated to a decarbonized society. Despite these efforts, Japan is making little progress towards these goals and continues to invest in coal power plants in addition to renewable energy sources. The lack of swift and effective progress is especially drastic compared to countries that are more committed to these efforts.

The consequences that climate change has on the economy and the environment in Japan directly and negatively impacts the citizens of Japan. The increased droughts and struggling agriculture and fisheries will lead to food and water insecurity throughout the country. Due to the harm that Japan's economy faces, poverty will become more wide spread. Worsening air quality due to carbon emissions and other pollutants as well as increased and more severe heatwaves pose a heath risk to many. Rising sea levels also threaten coastal cities and other infrastructure leading to the large scale displacement of many individuals.

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Japan is a G20 country which means it is part of the 20 countries that make up the world's major economies. These countries make up 80% of the global GDP, 75% of all global trade, and 60% of the worlds population. Of these G20 countries, Japan ranks 8th in terms of carbon emissions that contribute to climate change. Since Japan contributes so strongly to the global economy, the effects of climate change on Japan will impact many other regions. Areas reliant on Japan's exports will likely suffer and the harm done to Japan's economy will in turn harm the global economy. Nearby countries and areas that are located more inland in Japan will also be met with an influx of individuals that are fleeing from the destruction of coastal cities by the rising sea levels.

By 2050, temperatures in Japan are expected to rise between 1.5-2.4° C. In oceans, temperatures could rise as much as 1.7° C which contributes to ocean acidification and the loss of sea life. Climate change also leads to more droughts, loss of forests, more severe flooding, rising sea levels, increased erosion, and more severe storms and weather. Many of these effects will also be felt around the world in costal areas such as parts of Florida, New York, and areas in South East Asia.