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Japan reactor makers consider merging fuel units to counter rivals

A nuclear fuel assembly, center, sits in a spent fuel pool.

TOKYO -- Japan's Hitachi, Toshiba and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries aim to merge their nuclear fuel units to gain an edge on cost in an effort to better compete with Chinese and South Korean rivals. 

Amid bleak prospects for getting current domestic reactors up and running, let alone building new ones, the next challenge will be to consolidate their nuclear reactor businesses. 

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