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    The US National Security Agency (NSA) intercepted Japanese climate change plans of the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that had been intended to be kept secret from the United States, WikiLeaks revealed on Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Tokyo became the latest subject of illegal NSA mass surveillance to be revealed by WikiLeaks. Dubbed “Target Tokyo,” the documents show 35 Japanese cabinet officials and private companies listed as US surveillance targets.

    WikiLeaks’ first NSA intercept, dated 2007, cited a so-called Abe initiative, the Japanese government’s goal to cut carbon emissions in half by 2050.

    “The MFA [Ministry of Foreign Affairs] was considering not informing the US in advance of its intention, because the ministry did not expect Washington to approve of such a goal,” the NSA report stated.

    It went on to say Abe ultimately decided to disclose his plan to former US President George W. Bush at a bilateral summit in Washington that spring.

    The following year, the NSA detailed Tokyo’s commitment to adopting a sectoral approach in addressing climate change, despite reported criticism from some European Union officials and the International Energy Agency (IEA).

    “Masakazu Toyoda of the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry expressed frustration at this criticism, then laid out three advantages of the sectoral approach,” the top secret document stated.

    The three benefits delineated by Toyoda, cited by the US intelligence agency, included attracting countries like China, India and the United States, allowing developed countries to cut corners in carbon emission reductions, and not generating losses for industries and economies in both developed and developing countries.

    The third and final WikiLeaks disclosure on NSA surveillance over Tokyo’s climate change policies, also marked top secret, described Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura proposing a cross-ministerial sectoral approach.

    “Obtaining an agreement to use a sector-­based cumulative approach for medium-­term emissions reduction targets for individual countries was mentioned as one of the key objectives,” the report stated.

    The report was marked for sharing with the US’ “Five Eyes” alliance, which includes the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.


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