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Japan's Tepco weighs retiring some reactors at massive plant

Dismantling one or more units geared to easing local opposition to resuming operations

When fully operational, Tepco's Kashiwazaki-Kariwa facility is the largest nuclear power plant in the world.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings is considering decommissioning one or more of the seven reactors at a key nuclear power plant in northern Japan, Nikkei has learned, as it attempts to ease community pushback against restarting it.

Tepco will not aim to reactivate all of the No. 1 through No. 5 reactors at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa in Niigata Prefecture -- meltdown-hit Fukushima Prefecture's western neighbor. It will instead pick at least one of them to dismantle after restarting the No. 6 and No. 7 reactors, as approved by the central government. Tepco President Tomoaki Kobayakawa is expected to convey that intent to Masahiro Sakurai, mayor of the city of Kashiwazaki, in meetings on Monday.

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