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Japan weighs scrapping 60-year life limit for nuclear reactors

Industry ministry explores options to bolster energy security and curb carbon emissions

The Sendai Nuclear Power Plant in Kagoshima prefecture. Under current rules, 28 of Japan's 33 nuclear reactors will stop operating by the end of the 2050s.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japan will consider allowing nuclear reactors to continue operating beyond their current limit of 60 years, in a push to provide reliable power to the country amid a global energy crunch and reduce its carbon emissions.

A draft proposal by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry would drop the cap altogether, allowing reactors to extend their life span indefinitely as long as they are deemed safe by the Nuclear Regulation Authority. 

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