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Japan allows 1st restarts of nuclear reactors older than 40 years

Country looks to mobilize aging nuclear power plants to meet climate goal

Units 1 and 2 at Kansai Electric Power's Takahama nuclear power plant could receive local approval to restart operations. (Photo by Tomoki Mera)

TOKYO -- Three long-idled nuclear reactors in Japan received local approval to resume operation, allowing the country to restart a reactor older than 40 years for the first time.

Gov. Tatsuji Sugimoto of Fukui Prefecture, about 300 km west of Tokyo, gave the green light on Wednesday to restart the Kansai Electric Power reactors -- units 1 and 2 at the Takahama nuclear power plant and unit 3 at the utility's Mihama plant.

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