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Japan to lead global push for ocean-friendly plastic

Tokyo teams with G-20 and Africa to promote biodegradable material

Plastic accounts for a large portion of the waste that washes up on a beach in Hawaii. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japan looks to partner with the private sector to develop biodegradable plastic that causes little harm to the oceans, Nikkei has learned, as Tokyo encourages an environmental push both domestically and worldwide.

The proposal forms part of a campaign to rid the sea of plastic waste, and the overall plan will be presented Friday to cabinet members at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's office.

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