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Onus is on climate laggard Japan to do much more under its new carbon pledge

A climate activist calling on policymakers to raise the target of greenhouse gas reduction in Tokyo, on April 22, 2021.PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO - Japan's promise to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 46 per cent, and ideally 50 per cent, by 2030 from 2013 levels has been cheered as a huge step in the right direction, and hopes are high that this will fuel investment in green technology.

The steeply higher target made by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Thursday (April 22) - upped from 26 per cent - raises the ante for the world's fifth-largest carbon emitter to do much more, much faster.

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