Abe to stress climate, infrastructure, health

WASHINGTON - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to call on leaders of the Group of Seven to address "three key issues" - quality infrastructure, climate change and health and medicine - during the G-7 summit to be held in Germany on Sunday and Monday, it has been learned from an article Abe contributed to the commentary section of CNN's website on Friday.

"There are three key issues that I will be emphasizing at the G-7 [summit meeting], issues where I believe Japan can play a central role," Abe wrote in the article, "Shinzo Abe: 3 big challenges facing the world," on the website.

Abe pointed out the advantage of high-quality infrastructure, writing: "[W]hile quality new infrastructure might at first seem costly, in the long run it will prove to be more cost-effective, more durable, more resistant to natural disasters, and more environmentally friendly, too."

Explaining a project in which the Japan-led Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the government will provide infrastructure financing of about $110 billion (about ¥14 trillion) within Asia over the next five years, Abe seemed to be showing a sense of rivalry against the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

Regarding the climate change issue, Abe explained his government's goal of a 26 per cent reduction in greenhouse gases emitted in the nation by fiscal 2030 compared to fiscal 2013.

"It is our generation's duty to pass along a beautiful planet to future generations," Abe wrote.

He emphasised the importance of supporting developing countries regarding health and medicine issues as well.