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New Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has inherited the job of leading Japan's uphill battle to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.   © Nikkei montage/Source photos by Getty Images
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Climate for change? Japan's net zero goal tests PM Kishida's will

Reticent industries and slow emissions cuts raise pressure on government to lead

MITSURU OBE, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- Eneos, Japan's largest oil company, has a plan to withstand the shift away from fossil fuels. It includes doing laundry.

The company runs 13,000 gas stations, more than 40% of the country's total. At a growing number of them, motorists stopping for a fill-up can also drop off their clothes for washing. Some stations pick up and return laundry for customers.

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