Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe instructed his Cabinet January 25 to halt the country’s pledge to reduce GHG emissions 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020. The reduction target was originally agreed to in 2009 by former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama of the Democratic Party of Japan. It was thought that the emission reduction goal could be met via the construction of more nuclear power reactors, but the Spring 2011 nuclear accident caused the country to shut down all of its 54 reactors and reconsider the role of nuclear power in its energy portfolio. The prime minister directed his Cabinet to review the target in advance of the U.N. climate summit in November.