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Tokyo urges power companies to reduce plutonium

Government hurries to meet US demands but cutbacks face obstacles

The still-incomplete nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Rokkasho, northern Japan.

TOKYO -- The Japanese government is urging the country's power companies to work together to reduce their plutonium stockpiles in response to American requests, though logistical hurdles remain.

Tokyo told the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan that big power providers should cut back their supplies. A possible first step would be to use the mounting stockpiles of plutonium at Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings and Chubu Electric Power in reactors operated by Shikoku Electric Power and Kyushu Electric Power.

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