Japan set to target zero emissions by 2050 in policy shift

Japanese government is set to bind Japan to a target for carbon neutrality by 2050, a shift in stance that will bring the country in line with the European Union and more than 60 other nations in efforts to combat climate change.

The move would make Japan the second Asian country after South Korea to aim for the 2050 target that is considered the minimum needed to keep global average temperatures from rising by more than 1.5 Celsius. Earlier, according to Japanese government, it aimed to reduce emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 and achieve net-zero emissions sometime in the latter half of the century.

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