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Nuclear safety costs in Japan surge to staggering heights

Energy policy called into question as solar and wind power prices fall

The reactors in operation at Kansai Electric Power's Takahama nuclear plant could be shut down if the utility fails to complete required anti-terrorism measures on schedule.

TOKYO -- Japan's nuclear plant operators face ballooning costs for meeting safety requirements imposed six years ago, potentially throwing a wrench into the government's policy of promoting the atom as a low-cost, reliable energy source.

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