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Japan must keep up momentum on transition to green economy

Start by importing clean energy and banning funding for coal-fired power plants

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Tepco's Higashi Izu wind power station in Shizuoka Prefecture: Japan's topography make wind power more expensive than in China, India, Australia or the U.S. (Photo provided by Tepco)

Lord Adair Turner is Chair of the Energy Transitions Commission, a global coalition of leaders from across the energy, industry, finance and civil society sectors.

Japan has come through the COVID-19 crisis with far fewer infections and deaths than Europe and the U.S. Some aspects of economic and social life are returning to normal. But the economic challenges remain huge, with exports depressed by deep recessions in the west and international tourism to Japan dramatically curtailed.

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