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Aging Kansai reactors test 40-year rule

TOKYO -- Two Japanese nuclear reactors brought online in the mid-1970s have moved a step closer to powering up again, providing an initial test case for extending a four-decade operating limit.

     "It's true that they've cleared the first hurdle," Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka told reporters Wednesday, referring to units 1 and 2 at Kansai Electric Power's Takahama plant, which supplies electricity to the Osaka area.

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