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Japan's COVID policymaking is backward, opposition leader says

Edano to champion science and nuclear-free decarbonization in lower house vote

Constitutional Democratic Party chief Yukio Edano speaks to Nikkei on Sept. 9. The opposition lawmaker believes that Japan can achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 without nuclear energy. (Photo by Yo Inoue)

TOKYO -- With Japan's Liberal Democratic Party-controlled government hemorrhaging support over its coronavirus response, opposition lawmaker Yukio Edano wants the public to know that his Constitutional Democratic Party would follow the science.

In a Thursday interview with Nikkei, Edano discussed his party's platform in this autumn's lower house election, from overhauling Japan's pandemic decision-making to curbing reliance on nuclear energy.

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