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Japan's government takes lead on finding nuclear waste site

TOKYO -- Japan's central government will step up efforts to select a final repository site for nuclear waste, after years of foot-dragging over this controversial project.

     The government since 2002 has solicited localities to host a nuclear dump, but none came forward. The central government now will name candidate sites based on scientific analyses and then ask the localities to conduct more study. The new policy was decided by the cabinet Friday, marking the first step in seven years.

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