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Governor election hampers Tepco's quest to restart reactors

Tepco aims to restart two reactors at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa power plant in Niigata Prefecture.

TOKYO -- An anti-nuclear candidate's victory in the Niigata gubernatorial race Sunday is a hammering blow to Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings, which hoped to quickly restart nuclear reactors and improve its finances.

Ryuichi Yoneyama, who opposes a restart of the Nos. 6 and 7 reactors at Tepco's Kashiwazaki-Kariwa power plant in the prefecture, beat a candidate seen as more receptive to the plan. A Kyodo News exit poll showed 64% of voters were against the restart, and that many of them voted for Yoneyama.

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