Environment & Energy Report

Coal’s Support in Japan Set to Survive Political Star’s Attacks

June 29, 2020, 9:00 PM

Efforts by Japan’s popular 39-year-old environment minister to curb the government’s support for coal-fired power may be failing, a potential blow to restricting use of the most-polluting fossil fuel amid rising concerns over climate change.

The push by the minister, Shinjiro Koizumi, centered on forcing a review this year by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration into Japan’s promotion of coal power technology overseas. It’s one of the highest-profile efforts from within the government to end its support for coal, echoing criticism that’s mainly coming from overseas activists that Japan’s policies are increasingly at odds with a global shift...

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