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Areas such as Akita Prefecture, in northern Japan, have attracted interest from a number of offshore wind power producers.   © Akita Yurihonjo Offshore Wind GK/Kyodo
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Suga plan for greener Japan stirs hope in wind energy sector

Carbon targets boost confidence of companies behind tricky offshore projects

AKANE OKUTSU and NANA SHIBATA, Nikkei staff writers | Japan

TOKYO -- When the Zaratan, a ship with an 800-ton crane on board, arrived in the northern Japanese port of Akita last month it was an occasion to savor for Japanese trading company Marubeni -- the moment when its first commercial wind farm in domestic waters began to take shape.

Back in 2012 Marubeni acquired Zaratan's owner Seajacks, a U.K. operator of vessels used to build and maintain offshore wind farms. Marubeni also invested in U.K. offshore wind projects.

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