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Hatoyama Cabinet E-mail Magazine Inauguration Issue (October 9, 2009)

Yukio Hatoyama's "Yu-Ai" -- Message from the Prime Minister
(Provisional Translation)

Prime Minister HatoyamaProfile Japanese

"Challenge the limit"

I was in the airplane on my way back from Copenhagen when I learned that Tokyo lost the bid to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. I regret that I was not able to do more to secure the bid. However, I would like to extend my congratulations to the people of Brazil on their successful bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

While Tokyo was not successful in its bid, its presentations were well-rehearsed and I thought they were wonderful. I am confident that at least in terms of teamwork, Tokyo stood out. From a 15 year-old girl to President Tsunekazu Takeda of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and even Governor Shintaro Ishihara of Tokyo -- all of their hard work brought a smile to my face.

Though I was the only speaker from Japan who did not rehearse, I stressed that it would be an environmentally-friendly Olympics, stating that Baron de Coubertin once said that the Olympics were a combination of the qualities of the body and the soul, and that we wanted to host the 2016 Olympic Games in Tokyo with a new concept: The harmony of man and nature.

The 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP15) will be held in Copenhagen in mid-December of this year and, to tell the truth, I gave my presentation with that in mind. Governor Ishihara later told me that the American press regarded my presentation as better than that of the Obamas from the US team. While that made me happy, our bid was nevertheless unsuccessful.

Although my stay in Copenhagen did not even last a full day, I was able to meet Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen of Denmark, who will chair COP15. We spent nearly all of our time in the meeting discussing COP15.

Prime Minister Rasmussen expressed high regard for my announcement at the United Nations of Japan's mid-term goal for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions: To reduce emissions by 25% by 2020, if compared to the 1990 level, premised on agreement by all the major economies. We agreed to work in close cooperation for the success of COP15.

It is because the world's top athletes challenge the limits of their capacities that the Olympic Games inspire us.

I believe that all of us living in the present times can provide inspiration to the next generation by challenging ourselves to the limits of our capacities in tackling global environmental issues, led by the world's scientists and politicians. Challenging the limit will open the future, so let us take on this challenge.

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