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Japan faces nuclear reckoning as retired reactors restart

Decarbonization push highlights lingering setbacks from 2011 Fukushima disaster

Kansai Electric Power's Takahama plant in Japan: Reactor units 1 and 2, bottom left, are poised to restart after Fukui Prefecture's governor signaled his approval on April 28.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- While three retired nuclear reactors in Japan have been authorized to restart for the first time since the 2011 Fukushima disaster, numerous hurdles must be cleared before they resume operation in what would be a major step toward Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's goal of drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

From stricter counterterrorism requirements to the storage of spent fuel, as well as the Japanese public's lingering distrust in the fuel source, the government faces an uphill battle to revive the country's long-stalled reactors.

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