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Climate Change

Japan's Koizumi ups climate ante with goal of 40% renewable power

Proposal is roughly double nation's current target range for fiscal 2030

Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi is leading Japan's push to embrace renewable energy. (Photo by Kento Awashima)

TOKYO -- Japan's environment minister has proposed increasing renewable power sources to more than 40% of the nation's energy mix by fiscal 2030, about twice the government's current goal.

"These 10 years will decide whether we can achieve carbon neutrality by 2050," Shinjiro Koizumi told reporters Tuesday, referring to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's goal of reaching net zero emission of carbon dioxide.

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