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Koizumi admits to Japan's coal addiction, but offers no way out

Tokyo's environment minister spoke at the UN climate conference in Madrid

Son of the former prime minister, Koizumi is considered to be a rising star inside the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. (Photo by Daisuke Abe)

MADRID -- Japan on Wednesday stopped short of announcing it would cease burning coal or take other drastic steps to cut carbon emissions, illustrating the bind that the country's high-profile environment minister finds himself in.

"I am afraid I cannot share new developments on our core policy today," Shinjiro Koizumi said at the COP25 United Nations conference on climate change here.

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