350.org Japan, FOE Japan and volunteers engaged in a chain of actions promoting #coaljapan leading up to the G7 Summit in Iseshima, Japan. Our goal was to highlight Japan’s major role in financing international coal and to send a message to Japanese institutional investors to divest from fossil fuels.
One day ahead of the G7 Finance Ministers Meeting, On Thursday, May 19th, we held our first action in front of the Japanese Ministry of Finance to send a clear message to Taro Aso (Japan’s Finance Minister) calling for Japan to immediately end new finance for coal and transition its investments towards renewable energy. 350.org Japan members dressed up wearing “Coal Japan” sashes, and handed out “clean” and “cheap” coal gifts to people commuting to work. The gift contained a lump of coal and a factsheet on why “coal is not “cool” or “clean” – brand jamming the Japanese Government’s “Cool Japan” promotional campaign.
In our second action of the day, we gathered in front of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)–the largest single public financier of coal projects in the world–to oppose financing of coal-fired power plant projects such as those in Batang, Indonesia and Darlipali, India. Both projects are reportedly rife with land-grabs and other human rights abuses.
For our third action on the 23 May, we conducted a mock award ceremony in front of the IEA Clean Coal Centre’s workshop on high efficiency, low emissions (HELE) coal-fired power plants held in Tokyo attended by IEA officials and clean coal advocates. To highlight the fact that clean coal is not clean (or cool), we presented Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and German Chancellor Angela Merkel the “IEA Clean Coal Award 2016” since the two nations were ranked the worst performers in the G7 Coal Score Card Report published by E3G.