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The long goodbye for Japan's aging nuclear reactors

The country is about to get deeply familiar with the arduous task of decommissioning

Work to decommission two reactors, seen here at the left, at Kansai Electric Power's Mihama nuclear plant is underway.

TOKYO Japan's nuclear power infrastructure is not getting any younger. Many reactors have either passed the 40-year threshold the country's nuclear watchdog deems the limit for safety, or will soon get there. This means numerous decommissioning projects lie ahead, and the task is a lot more complicated than simply pulling the plug.

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