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Japan is adding to climate crisis by continuing to burn coal

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What is Japan thinking with its plan to export coal-fired power plant technology, a known cause of greenhouse gas emissions, when the world is in the grip of a growing climate crisis?

The issue has come up for frequent discussion since Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi last month announced his intention to review the process of using public funds for Japanese projects like this overseas.

At issue is the Vung Ang 2 coal-fired power generation project in Vietnam. An affiliate of Mitsubishi Corp. plans to invest heavily in the project, and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) is considering extending a hefty loan.

However, Chinese and U.S. corporations are being awarded the construction contract, and this is Koizumi's reason for challenging the project as "not quite right." He has indicated his intent to examine other projects as well.


© The Asahi Shimbun