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Japan proposes to replace old nuclear reactors, extend lifetimes

Government tries to balance energy stability with emissions-cutting goal

Kansai Electric Power's Mihama plant is seen as a prime candidate for a new reactor, with two of its three existing ones slated for decommissioning. (Photo by Maho Obata)

TOKYO -- Japan will study replacing old nuclear power plants with modern, safer ones, according to a draft policy document, marking a reversal of the country's stance against new reactors since the 2011 Fukushima meltdowns.

The proposed action plan, put forward Monday by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, would also create a path for some reactors to remain in operation for more than 60 years by excluding inspection delays after the disaster.

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