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Japan aims for nearly 40% renewable energy by fiscal 2030

14-point boost from current goal reflects more ambitious emissions targets

Solar is set to be a major part of the Japanese government's energy plans for the next decade.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Japanese government looks to have renewable energy generate almost 40% of the country's power in fiscal 2030 in the latest version of its electricity mix targets, bringing zero-emissions sources as high as 60% of the total.

Renewables -- particularly solar -- are set to make up between 36% and 38% of overall generation in the revised energy plan to be drafted Wednesday, up 14 points from the current goal, with nuclear remaining flat at 20% to 22%. The share from fossil fuels will be cut to 41% from 56% now.

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