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Japan reform minister Kono vows to ease rules to spur renewables

Government to mull revising regulations curbing wind and solar power development

Taro Kono, Japan's cabinet minister in charge of administrative and regulatory reform, is vowing to spearhead the easing of regulations for developing renewable energy. (Source photos by Akira Kodaka and Kosuke Imamura) 

TOKYO -- Taro Kono, Japan's minister for administrative reform and regulatory reform, said that he will ease regulations to increase locations where wind and solar power can be developed to encourage private investment and achieve the government's goal of enhancing renewable energy.

"I want to apply [administrative reforms] that would lead to economic growth," Kono said in an online interview with Nikkei on Friday, specifically pointing out restrictions on the renewable energy sector. It was Kono's first online interview with reporters since assuming the post in September.

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