On April 16, 2021, Electric Power Development Co., Ltd. and Ube Industries announced the cancellation of new construction plans for Nishiokinoyama Power Plant, a planned coal-fired power plant in Ube, Yamaguchi-prefecture.
No coal-fired power plants were retired or started operation in March. However, one unit, Karita New 1, has become mothballed. Currently 163 units are under operation and 15 units are under planning/construction.
With the announcement of the closure of the UK’s West Burton coal plant on March 23, 2021,a major milestone has been reached in Europe’s phaseout of coal power. It marks the halfway point in Europe’s path to closing all of its coal plants by 2030.
On March 15, the ruling was announced in a court case by local citizens seeking to stop the construction of two Kobe Steel coal-fired power units in Kobe City.
On March 13, 2021, three local civil society groups in Yokosuka posted the advertisement "2050 Zero Carbon Yokosuka" in the morning edition of the Asahi Shimbun.
Kyoto City became the first local government in Japan to join the Powering Past Coal Alliance (PPCA) on March 2.