Japan industry minister denies raising 2030 emissions reduction target to 45%

Japan's Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Hiroshi Kajiyama attends a news conference in Tokyo

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s industry minister said on Friday there was no truth to a media report that the government was aiming for a 2030 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction of 45% from fiscal year 2013 levels, against the current 26% target.

The target has to be realistic, Industry Minister Hiroshi Kajiyama told a news conference.

Kyodo news agency said on Thursday that Japan is looking to raise its 2030 GHG emissions reduction target to a 45% cut on fiscal 2013 levels from 26% now, citing government sources.

(Reporting by Ritsuko Shimizu, Chang-Ran Kim, Yuka Obayashi; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)

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