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Japan wants up to 9 nuclear reactors running this winter

Kishida also plans new fossil fuel capacity, rebates to cut electricity bills

The Genkai nuclear power plant in southwestern Japan. Five reactors are currently active nationwide. (Photo by Shinya Sawai)

TOKYO -- Japan will have as many as nine nuclear reactors in operation this winter, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Thursday, seeking to ensure stable power supplies during peak demand.

With five reactors currently running, the additions would boost combined capacity from nuclear power to around 10% of the country's electricity needs amid concerns of a power crunch this winter.

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