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Japan prepares to shut troubled 'dream' nuclear reactor

Decades-old plant has cost almost $10bn and hardly ever operated

The Monju fast-breeding reactor in Fukui Prefecture was hailed as a "dream" reactor that would produce more nuclear fuel than it consumed.

TOKYO -- Japan is set to start decommissioning its troubled Monju fast-breeder reactor after decades of accidents, cost overruns and scandals. It is the beginning of the end of a controversial project that exposed the shortcomings of the country's nuclear policy and the government's failure to fully explain the risks and the costs.

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