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Climate Change

Japan moves to mandate carbon trading for automakers

Sales quotas seen as crucial to boost shares of EVs and plug-in hybrids

Automobiles account for nearly 20% of carbon emissions in Japan. (Photo by Tomoki Mera)

TOKYO -- Japan begins talks next week on establishing a carbon offset market for the automobile industry as part of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's push for the country to achieve net-zero emissions by mid-century to combat climate change.

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