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Japan's youth urge people to focus on climate change ahead of upper house election

Members of "Fridays For Future Tokyo" are seen during a rally in front of JR Shinjuku Station on July 3, 2022. (Mainichi/Yohei Koide)

TOKYO -- Young people across Japan took to the streets on July 3 to raise political parties' and voters' awareness about measures to fight climate change ahead of the July 10 House of Councillors election.

    "Fridays For Future Japan" planned rallies in cities including Tokyo and Kyoto to urge people to make the climate crisis a major election campaign issue, calling on them to take it into consideration when voting.

    About 100 people including university students participated in a rally in front of JR Shinjuku Station in Tokyo. Daiki Yamamoto, 18, a first-year student at Keio University, said in a speech, "It will be too late unless we take action now, as the climate crisis tipping point is looming. We need to drastically change the system through politics."

    (Japanese original by Mayumi Nobuta, Science & Environment News Department)

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