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Japan reverts to wider nuclear power use in net-zero emissions push

Challenges include waste disposal, costly construction and public opposition

Kansai Electric Power's Mihama nuclear plant is seen as a leading candidate for reactor replacement. (Photo by Maho Obata)

TOKYO -- Japan on Thursday set out a new decarbonization policy with a lasting role for nuclear power, allowing the rebuilding of aging reactors in a reversal of the phase-out plan adopted after the Fukushima disaster more than a decade ago. 

The plan calls for "maximizing use of electricity sources that contribute to Japan's security and are highly decarbonizing," including renewables and nuclear power, as Japan seeks net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 while also ensuring a stable energy supply.

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