DAEGU, South Korea, April 29 — Japan, China and South Korea issued a joint statement Tuesday at the end of a two-day meeting of top environment officials with a pledge to jointly combat air pollutants, including fine particulate matter known as PM2.5.
This Particulate Matter is up to 2.5 micrometers in size (100 times thinner than a human hair) and harmful to human health.
Noting that the three countries welcomed the first working-level tripartite policy dialogue on air pollution held in Beijing last month, the statement said, "Recognizing the dialogue as an effective platform for sharing information and fostering partnership, they agreed to hold the dialogue on a regular basis and promote further development."
"We had fruitful discussions despite the complicated (diplomatic) situation surrounding the three countries," Japanese Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara said at a joint press conference. (PNA/Kyodo)