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Efforts by Shinjiro Koizumi, the nation’s popular 39-year-old environment minister, to curb government support for coal-fired power may be failing, in a potential blow to restricting use of the most-polluting fossil fuel amid rising concerns over climate change.

The push by the minister is centered on forcing a review this year by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration into Japan’s promotion of coal power technology overseas.

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