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Japan says no to high-emission coal power plants

Tokyo promises efficiency as investors shun fossil-fuel facilities

A coal-fired power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.

TOKYO -- The Japanese government will put a halt to new construction of small coal-fired power plants that do not meet efficiency requirements amid a global trend to phase out such facilities.

Construction of most coal plants with a power-generating efficiency under 42% will in effect be banned as early as this year by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. With investors increasingly pulling money away from fossil-fuel facilities, Japan hopes to gain understanding by showing a commitment to energy efficiency.

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