Nikkei wrote that Environment Minister Koizumi stated at a press briefing on Tuesday that his ministry intends to increase Japan’s use of renewable energy to 40% of its energy supply in fiscal 2030. The paper noted that the government’s current Basic Energy Plan aims to increase renewable energy to between 22% and 24% of its power supply by fiscal 2030 but the nation had only increased it to 18% in fiscal 2019, lagging far behind the goals set by major European nations. Quoting Koizumi as stressing that the next ten years will be crucial for Japan to reach the new target declared by Prime Minister Suga of becoming carbon neutral by 2050, the paper speculated that Koizumi’s remarks were intended to promote discussions on the issue by setting a high goal. The paper quoted a senior Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry ministry official as saying that 40% may be a feasible target but not easy to reach in 2030. Asahi and Mainichi ran similar reports.