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Japan nuclear plants face shutdown over delayed anti-terror steps

Regulator stands by deadlines to maintain tough image

Kyushu Electric Power's Sendai nuclear power plant is among those facing a possible shutdown for failing to comply with anti-terror measures.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The first Japanese nuclear power plant to be restarted after the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi meltdown risks being shut down again after the country's nuclear watchdog decided Wednesday against extending deadlines for required anti-terrorism measures.

Kyushu Electric Power must finish building emergency facilities mandated by the Nuclear Regulation Authority for the No. 1 reactor at its Sendai plant by March 2020, and for the No. 2 reactor by the following May.

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