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Japan turns from leader to laggard in emissions reduction

Erstwhile innovator left behind by developments in renewable energy

Dong Energy has won contracts for wind power projects recently in Germany and the U.K. (Photo courtesy of Dong Energy)

TOKYO -- While Japan has long regarded its place in the world as among the highest in environmental protection, this is more myth than fact nowadays as other industrialized nations have made strides in embracing renewable power such as solar and wind.

The country's power sector is only getting dirtier, in terms of carbon dioxide emissions per kilowatt-hour.

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