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Japan ready to ditch ambitious target for emissions cut: Govt

Published on Jan 24, 2013 3:32 PM
 
Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power plant, which is the world's biggest, is seen from its observatory in Kashiwazaki, Nov 12, 2012. Japan is likely to abandon an ambitious pledge to slash greenhouse gas emissions by a quarter, the top government spokesman said today. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan is likely to abandon an ambitious pledge to slash greenhouse gas emissions by a quarter, the top government spokesman said today.

Asked to confirm if the new administration would review Tokyo's 2009 pledge, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the government was "moving in that direction in principle".

"I have been saying for some time that it is a tremendous target and would be impossible to achieve," he told a regular news conference.

Then-prime minister Yukio Hatoyama made the pledge in 2009, following a landslide election victory by his centre-left Democratic Party of Japan.

 
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