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Climate Change

Japan aims to electrify nation's new car fleet by mid-2030s

Nation shifts to hybrids and EVs as it shoots for zero emissions by 2050

Traffic in Tokyo: Japan wants to accomplish a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from automobiles. (Photo by Kento Awashima)

TOKYO -- Japan will endeavor to make all new car sales eco-friendly by the mid-2030s as it joins a growing community of nations determined to slow the globe's carbon emissions, Nikkei has learned.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is considering a goal of abolishing new sales of conventional cars, those powered solely by internal combustion engines, and shifting to hybrid cars and electric cars from the mid-2030s.

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