The Japanese government is looking to suspend or shutter nearly 90% of its older, inefficient coal-fired power plants by fiscal year 2030 in what would be a major turning point for the country's energy policy, the Yomiuri daily reported on July 2.
About 100 of the 114 inefficient plants built before the mid-1990s would be closed under the plan, the paper said. Trade and industry minister Hiroshi Kajiyama is set to announce the policy soon, the report stated, without citing a source.
The ministry was not immediately available for a comment on the report.
After the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, coal has come to make up about a third of Japan's power generation, drawing criticism mainly from European nations that have set targets for closing polluting power plants as part of the Paris Climate Agreement.
(Writing by Wenxin Wu Editing by Becky Du)
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