Japan to press G20 for better data on marine plastic waste

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The government plans to make a proposal at an upcoming ministerial meeting of the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies to step up efforts to assess the realities of marine plastic waste, officials said Friday.

Specifically, Japan will urge participants of the G20 meeting of energy and environment ministers, which it will host in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, on June 15-16, to calculate the amounts of such waste that they produce, according to the officials.

The move comes at a time when marine plastic waste estimates by U.S. university researchers are the only available data, but are not detailed enough for tackling the environmental issue.

According to their figures, the estimated total amount produced across the world annually ranges from 4.78 million to 12.75 million tons.

By country, China tops the list of polluters, followed by Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam.Speech

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