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Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi announced Tuesday that tighter restrictions could be placed in the coming months on Japanese exports of coal power to developing nations in an effort to deflect mounting international criticism over the nation’s energy policy.

“This is a significant decision that brings Japan one step closer to achieving carbon neutrality,” Koizumi said following a Cabinet meeting. “Japan’s export of coal-fired energy to developing countries is one of the more frequent criticisms it receives from the international community in regards to its use of coal power.”

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