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Reducing Japan's plutonium stockpile easier said than done

Plan prompted by US pressure would squeeze power companies invested in fuel cycle

Kyushu Electric Power's Genkai nuclear power plant is one of the few now operating in Japan that can use mixed-oxide fuel, which includes plutonium.
Kyushu Electric Power's Genkai nuclear power plant is one of the few now operating in Japan that can use mixed-oxide fuel, which includes plutonium.

TOKYO -- Japan is laying out plans to reduce its plutonium stockpile in response to international pressure, but the move would force difficult decisions regarding a power industry built around the nuclear fuel cycle.

The government will draw up guidelines aimed at reducing its supply as early as this month and report on its efforts to the International Atomic Energy Agency. The measures will include a cap on Japan's reserves.

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