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Japan Government Pushing Automakers to Shift to Eco-Vehicles

Makers being pressed for 25% cut in CO2, better mileage.

by on Nov.13, 2009

More vehicles like the Nissan Leaf battery car would be needed to meet Japanese government demands for new eco-cars.

More vehicles like the Nissan Leaf battery car would be needed to meet Japanese government demands for new eco-cars.

The new Japanese government is placing some serious pressure on the Japan’s auto industry by promising to cut CO2 emissions by 25 percent by 2020 from the levels that prevailed in 1990. The targets laid down by Japan’s new prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama, go well beyond anything contemplated by the previous government, according to Japanese experts on energy and environmental policy.

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Hatoyama’s goal will certainly require the broader use of eco-friendly cars such as hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles, said Shin Hosaka, director of the automobile manufacturing industry bureau in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry or METI, the successor to the Ministry international Trade and Industry, which helped orchestra the Japanese economic miracle in the years following World War II.

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