Japan, once a leader on climate, under fire for coal use at COP26

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By Aaron Sheldrick and Yuka Obayashi TOKYO (Reuters) – More than 20 countries agreed to phase out coal power at the U.N. climate talks in Glasgow, but not Japan – a “leap backwards” for a country that once led the way on the Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The pact was among a raft of pledges made at the COP26 summit in the last week. Japan, the world’s third-biggest importer of the dirtiest fossil fuel, declined to sign because it needed to preserve all its options for power generation, officials said. Critics called that short-sighted, even as new the prime minister, Fumio…

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