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Japan electric system's risks rise as winter hinders solar power

LNG dependence exposes flaws in nation focused on zero carbon and liberalization

Japan is seeing tight supply and demand for power amid a cold wave. (Source photos by Koji Uema and Kyodo)

TOKYO -- Electricity demand has surged in Japan since a cold wave hit many parts of the country starting last month. But the situation also reveals flaws in the power system and highlights challenges that lie ahead for decarbonization.

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