Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant catastrophe has claimed another victim - the country's commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Japan is replacing its nuclear energy with imported coal and natural gas. As a result Japanese delegates to the Warsaw climate change summit have announced the target of a 25% cut in emissions has now been reduced to a 3.8% goal.
China's climate negotiator Su Wei said: "I have no way of describing my dismay" about the revised target.
The European Union said it expected all nations to stick to promised cuts as part of efforts to halt global warming.
"This move by Japan could have a devastating impact," said Naoyuki Yamagishi of environmental campaign group WWF Japan. "It could further accelerate the race to the bottom among other developed countries."
Japan's now shuttered nuclear power plants had provided more than a quarter of the nation's electricity.
No word yet on when Stephen Harper will send his government's official commendation of Japan's decision.