Japan to Maintain Current Coal Policy for Now: Koizumi


Madrid, Dec. 11 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi indicated Wednesday that the country will maintain for the time being its current policy on coal-fired thermal power generation despite criticism from international society.

"I am afraid I cannot share new development on our coal policy today," Koizumi said in a speech at the ongoing 25th Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP25, in Madrid.

At the same time, he said, "A growing number of people in Japan, including myself, believe further climate actions must be taken."

On U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' call for international society to end dependence on coal-fired power generation, made at the COP25 start on Dec. 2, Koizumi said, "I took this as a message to Japan."

But Koizumi did not mention steps Japan would take in the future or the possible strengthening of environmental assessments related to coal-fired thermal power plant construction in the nation.

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