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Japan to push for hydrogen society

Government mulls deregulation to promote the next-gen energy source

TOKYO -- Japan will consider relaxing rules on hydrogen refueling stations and other steps to promote the clean energy source ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The country will develop a "hydrogen society ahead of the rest of the world," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday at a meeting of cabinet ministers in charge of energy policy. He called for streamlining regulations on hydrogen stations and developing supply chains through stronger cooperation among ministries.

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