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Japan's nuclear technology faces extinction

Evaporating demand and few new projects spell trouble for technical know-how

A semicylindrical structure has been built to cover a reactor containment vessel at J-Power's Oma nuclear power plant in Aomori Prefecture, where construction work has been suspended since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

TOKYO -- Japan's nuclear power industry is at the most critical juncture in its history. Demand for new reactors has dried up at home following the Fukushima nuclear disaster and dismal prospects for export are dual menaces threatening the fate of the country's nuclear technology. 

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