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Interview

Japan's top business lobby looks beyond borders on climate

Nuclear power must be an option, Keidanren chairman says

Keidanren sees carbon neutrality -- and the environment -- as the highest priority relative to economic efficiency and energy security in addressing energy supply.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Japan Business Federation will lean on international collaboration as it pursues a carbon-neutral future, the top lobbying group's chairman told Nikkei in a recent interview, with the campaign targeting players beyond national governments.

Hiroaki Nakanishi, chairman of the group better known as Keidanren, said efforts in the U.S. will emphasize dialogue with individual states, and not just with Washington. One of President Joe Biden's first acts upon taking office last month was to bring the U.S. back into the Paris Agreement on combating climate change, reversing predecessor Donald Trump's withdrawal from the accord.

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