Climate campaigners staged a demonstration in front of the Japanese Embassy in Manila on Wednesday, September 28, to protest what they described as Japan’s promotion of “false solutions” at the ongoing “Tokyo GX Week.”
“We reiterate our urgent call to the Japanese government and Japanese corporations to stop investing in technologies that are false solutions to the climate crisis,” said Lidy Nacpil, coordinator of Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD).
The organization urged Japan to “channel their financing to phasing out fossil fuel use domestically and overseas.”
The protesters carried a huge illustrated mural depicting various Japanese corporations and government institutions pushing a cart symbolizing the Asian people into a cliff of climate disasters.
The activists said “false solutions,” such as fossil hydrogen, ammonia or gas should be eliminated from green transformation discussions.
Similar protest actions were reportedly held in Bangladesh, India, Japan, and Indonesia.
Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is hosting the two-week Tokyo GX Week, with ten international conferences on various Green Transformation topics toward shifting economic, social, and industrial structures to clean energy.
Nacpil said Tokyo GX is part of the overall direction of the Japanese government to invest in “false solutions.”
“These technologies are are packaged as sustainable, but they only serve to exacerbate the climate crisis,” she said.
The Tokyo GX Week includes events such as the Fifth Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting, the 11th LNG Producer-Consumer Conference, and the Second Asia CCUS Network Forum.
“As the cost of renewable energy is going down, there is little sense in promoting such fuels,” said Nacpil.
Climate scientists warn that emissions from the fossil gas industry are now growing so rapidly and are responsible for much more methane in the atmosphere than previously known.
Japan has been positioning itself as a pioneer in hydrogen technology, envisioning the creation of a hydrogen society.
Last year, at the COP26 summit, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pledged Japan’s support to developing nations in Asia that promote power generation using ammonia and hydrogen-based fuels.