Pikachu protesters urge Japan to drop coal funding

Japan, with its nuclear power industry in crisis since the Fukushima disaster, has turned to coal to fill the gap and is building seven large new coal-fired power stations.

Ayumi Fukakusa, an activist with the "No Coal Japan Coalition" said protesters were demanding the country phase out the use and financing of coal by 2030.

Japan and its G20 counterparts committed on Sunday (October 31) to stop overseas funding for coal by the end of this year, but set no date for or phasing out coal power, promising only to do so "as soon as possible".

Delegates from all over the world are meeting in Glasgow to try to keep alive a target of capping global warming at 1.5C above pre-industrial levels - the limit scientists say would avoid its most destructive consequences.

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