Why Japan is planning to build 45 new coal fired power stations

Isogo coal power plant
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"Our" ABC reported that the Japanese government (is) planning to build 45 new coal-fired power stations.
The Japanese government is moving ahead with its plans to build up to 45 new coal fired power stations. 
The power plants will utilise high energy, low emissions (HELE) technology that use high-quality black coal. 
Japan is the largest overseas market for Australian coal producers, taking more than a third of all exports. (bold added)
Tom O'Sullivan, a Tokyo-based energy consultant with Mathyos Global Advisory, said the move to more coal-fired power was because coal was cheaper than LNG, and the energy security was a priority for the government.