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Japan's top coal power company scraps plan for new plant

J-Power cites costs and global pushback for decision on Yamaguchi project

J-Power's Matsushima power station in Nagasaki Prefecture: The company said it will use existing capacity rather than build a new coal-fired plant in Japan. (Photo courtesy of J-Power)

TOKYO -- Japan's top coal power producer J-Power canceled the construction of a power plant in Yamaguchi Prefecture, the company said Friday, as it works to curb its dependence on the fossil fuel amid growing regulatory pressures.

"We have decided against construction upon considering the project's profitability," J-Power Director Hitoshi Kanno said. "We will take advantage of our existing facilities to curb carbon dioxide emissions with as little costs as possible."

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