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Japan should try California-style solar panel mandate: Koizumi

Environment minister says renewables take priority after Suga announces new climate target

"We should make the regulatory changes needed" to expand adoption of renewable energy in Japan, Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi told Nikkei. (Photo by Kosuke Imamura)

TOKYO -- Japan should consider requiring solar panels on homes and office buildings as part of its plans to achieve its new, higher target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi told Nikkei on Friday.

Koizumi, who argues that broader use of solar power will be a must for cutting emissions, said he will discuss the idea with other areas of the government. The U.S. state of California began mandating the installation of solar panels on most new homes last year.

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