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Japan seeks massive jump in offshore wind power over 10 years

Government aims to approve 1000MW a year as outdated coal power phased out

Japan's wind power has been mostly developed on land, although experts stress there is massive offshore potential. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

TOKYO -- The Japanese government said Thursday it is aiming to achieve a huge increase in offshore wind power capacity over a decade beginning next fiscal year.

Japan currently has only four sites generating offshore wind power -- for a total of 20 megawatts of capacity -- although as an island country surrounded by the sea, experts say there is huge potential for wind farms.

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