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Koizumi eyes solar and wind power in parks for zero-carbon push

Japan's environment chief backs EVs and municipal aid to reach 2050 goal

Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi says electric vehicles also can provide emergency power in disasters. (Photo by Yo Inoue)

TOKYO -- Japan will cut red tape to encourage the building of geothermal, solar and wind energy capacity in national parks as part of the country's plans to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi told Nikkei.

Construction of new power generation facilities is restricted, though not banned, across most parts of Japan's 34 national parks.

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