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Suga vows to meet Japan's zero-emissions goal by 2050

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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga addresses both houses of the Diet on Monday. (Photo by Rie Ishii) 

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced that Japan will reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050 as he opened the parliament's 203rd extraordinary session on Monday with his first speech to both houses since becoming leader.

The Suga cabinet took office on Sept. 16. The last time a new prime minister gave an inaugural speech to the Diet was in January 2013, after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was re-elected to the position.

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