Coal retains its grip on Japan’s energy mix

FINANCIAL TIMES 🔒| When Shinjiro Koizumi went to Madrid last December, the golden child of Japanese politics found himself cast as the world’s whipping boy for a collective failure to act on climate change.

Attending the COP25 round of climate talks as Japan’s environment minister, Mr Koizumi — the 39-year-old son of former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi — was met by protesters in Pikachu costumes calling on Japan to stop burning coal, and stop financing new coal plants in developing countries.

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