Japan revises global warming measure law to create new plan

Japan's parliament revised a law Friday concerning measures to combat global warming, to create a new plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The government intends to produce by this fall the new plan to replace the guideline for meeting the Kyoto Protocol target that expired at the end of March.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for revising the previous government's international pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent from 1990 by 2020.

The government has urged the people and industrial world to retain or enhance emission-cutting efforts until the new plan is put in place ahead of an annual international meeting on global warming in November.