• Reuters, JIJI

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Shinjiro Koizumi, Japan’s new environment minister, has pledged to mobilize young people to push his coal-dependent country toward a low-carbon future — by making the fight against climate change “sexy” and “fun.”

Koizumi was speaking Sunday at the United Nations in New York, on the eve of a U.N.-hosted climate summit. Activists are understood to be planning to float a blimp showing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe emerging from a bucket of coal, to protest Japan’s plans to build new coal-fired power plants.

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