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Japan plans to ban gasoline car sales in mid-2030s

TOKYO, Dec 3 (KUNA) -- The Japanese government plans to phase out sales of new gasoline vehicles by mid-2030s as it gets into gear for a greener future, public broadcaster NHK reported Thursday, citing sources.
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry aims to turn from sales of gasoline vehicles to alternatives such as hybrid, electric and fuel cell cars, the report said.
The ministry expects to officially adopt the goal by the end of this year after discussions with a panel of experts, it said.
The move follows Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide's pledge to cut Japan's greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.
In the same context, Britain plans to ban the sale of new gas and diesel vehicles by 2030, and hybrids by 2035.
The US state of California and France also aim to end the sale of fossil fuel vehicles by 2035 and 2040 respectively. (end) mk.nhq