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Japan's carbon emission pledge hailed

However, its continued support for coal plants at home and abroad raises questions

Japan is still building coal plants domestically.PHOTO: NYTIMES

TOKYO • While scant on detail, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's statement of intent to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 has been hailed by green activists, progressive businesses and the international community.

Vowing to build a "virtuous cycle of environment and economic growth", Mr Suga said in his debut policy speech to the Diet on Monday: "Responding to climate change should no longer be seen as a constraint on economic growth."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 28, 2020, with the headline 'Japan's carbon emission pledge hailed'. Print Edition | Subscribe