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Climate Change

Japan to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions to net zero by 2050

Suga to make pledge in first general policy speech as industry faces pressure

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will soon pledge to reduce Japan's greenhouse-gas emissions to net zero by 2050, as the European Union has already done. (Source photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- The Japanese government will soon pledge to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions to net zero by 2050, Nikkei has learned.

The new target, set to be unveiled in a speech to lawmakers next week by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, means Japan will finally catch up to the European Union, which set the same goal last year. Companies in industries like electric power, automobiles, and steel will be expected to take strict measures to meet the international promise.

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