Japan Addresses Disastrous Floods Associated With Climate Change

TOKYO

In the wake of a recent series of increasingly severe rain-caused disasters, the infrastructure ministry is discussing new steps to prevent river flooding, with an eye on expected increases in rainfall due to global warming. The ministry will revise part of the government’s basic policy on river maintenance as early as this fiscal year after discussions at the Council for Social Infrastructure, which advises the infrastructure minister, officials said. It will take into account a goal to limit temperature rises set by the Paris agreement, an international framework meant to combat global warming.

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