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Decarbonization will make US-Japan alliance stronger, Koizumi says

Japanese environment minister says 2021 will bring big move on carbon pricing

Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi looks first to achieve decarbonization in certain regions of Japan, then expand those efforts nationwide. (Photo by Kento Awashima)

TOKYO -- Japan will work more closely with the U.S. on cutting carbon dioxide emissions under President-elect Joe Biden's administration, Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi says, describing it as a new bond between the allies.

"We would like to expand this new cooperative area of decarbonization in the Japan-U.S. alliance," Koizumi told Nikkei during a recent interview, saying a new government-wide policy for cooperation would be proposed as early as January.

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