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Japan makes big push for hydrogen fuel cells derided by Musk

With the blessing of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Toyota Motor Corp. and a cadre of Japan's leading manufacturers are betting on hydrogen and fuel cells for various uses going forward.

Elon Musk may think hydrogen-powered vehicles are rubbish, but Toyota Motor Corp. and a cadre of Japan's leading manufacturers are betting otherwise – and not just on cars.

With the blessing of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Toyota is at the forefront of Japan's efforts to use hydrogen and fuel cells to power cars, heat homes and keep factories running. Other companies pursuing the technology include Panasonic Corp., Toshiba Corp. and JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp.

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