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Climate Change

Japan targets 36-38% renewable energy, but emissions remain high

More than 10-point boost in fiscal 2030 goal clouded by unfocused policy

A solar power farm in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture: Japan has been slow in adopting renewable energy compared with countries like France.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Renewable energy will account for 36% to 38% of all electricity generated in Japan by fiscal 2030, the industry ministry said in a draft of its new energy plan released Wednesday, as the country struggles to catch other advanced economies in curbing emissions.

The target, presented by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to an energy advisory committee, represents a major upgrade from the goal of 22% to 24% by fiscal 2030, which was set in 2018.

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