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'A decarbonized society': Japan pledges to be carbon neutral by 2050

Japan has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2050, joining a growing list of countries aiming to stave off the worst effects of climate change.

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Japan’s new leader sets ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2050

The announcement, coming weeks after a similar pledge by China, will require a major overhaul of the infrastructure in Japan, which remains heavily dependent on fossil fuels.
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Doe your bit: Japan invents bags deer can eat after plastic-related deaths

The famed deer that roam the city of Nara, in Japan, no longer face discomfort - or far worse - after local companies developed a safe alternative to the plastic packaging discarded by tourists that often ended up in the animals' stomachs.

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Japan dumping nuclear waste water into ocean sparks global outrage

The Japanese government is about to announce the dumping of more than 1 million tons of radioactive water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the sea. This is an official decision that could come by the end of October, according to Japanese media reports.

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Can Japan's bullet trains get back up to speed?

COVID-related ridership drops and long-term population trends are raising hard questions about the future of the Shinkansen network of high-speed trains.

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Japan wins war on plastic, but shoplifters bag hidden spoils

Japan's consumers have embraced a campaign to address their addiction to plastic bags, but new measures to combat marine pollution have created an unforeseen problem: a rise in shoplifting.

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Japanese government is ordered to pay damages over Fukushima disaster

The Sendai High Court said the state and the plant’s operator must pay $9.5 million to survivors of the 2011 nuclear accident. They have until mid-October to appeal to the country’s Supreme Court.
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Japan blocks green reform of major energy investment treaty

The Japanese government is blocking reform of a treaty that allows energy companies to sue nation states when climate policies affect their profits.

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Typhoon Haishen hits South Korea after lashing Japan

The storm triggered landslides and left four people missing and hundreds of thousands without power as it barreled through southwestern Japan.
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Japan orders millions to evacuate as typhoon lashes region

Typhoon Haishen, which passed Japan and made landfall in South Korea, brought down power lines and left some injured in Japan, and disrupted travel in the region.
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Japan to draw map of marine plastic pollution with help from G-20

The Japanese government will create a map indicating the current state of global marine microplastic pollution with cooperation from other members of the Group of 20 major economies, sources close to the matter say.
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Government spent big on treatment for chemical weapons exposure. The company that makes it won’t say if it works

A Post examination found that Emergent last year quietly began to recall tens of thousands of Trobigard units from foreign buyers and removed Trobigard from the official product line on its website and in its securities filings.

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Japan just announced a plastic bag fee. But will that stop its obsession with plastic?

In its first major move to curb its deep reliance on plastics, Japan made paying for plastic bags mandatory. But experts have woken up to the fact that the country can no longer recycle its way out of an environmental crisis.
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Global coronavirus cases surge, stinging even places that seemed to have control

Troubling resurgences have hit places around the world that were seen as models in the virus fight. In the U.S., known cases surpassed four million.
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Japan ministry warns electricity industry it will miss CO2 cut target

Japan's environment ministry warned that the electricity industry, which accounts for 40% of its carbon emissions, will miss its target for cutting carbon dioxide by 2030, calling for it to take further measures.

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