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Climate Change

Zero-carbon ESG investing in Japan wins Nippon Life as big backer

Exclusive: Companies that fail to meet climate goals will be dropped from portfolio

Nippon Life's investment portfolio holdings equate to 12 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Nippon Life Insurance, one of Japan's largest private institutional investors, aims to achieve net-zero emissions for companies in its stock and bond portfolios by 2050, Nikkei has learned.

The insurer will urge targets for reducing carbon dioxide emissions and consider divesting holdings in companies that fail to make sufficient progress on cuts.

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