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Ukraine war

Japan weighs deploying Self-Defense Forces to guard nuclear plants

Russia's invasion of Ukraine pushes Tokyo to prepare for military attack

Russian forces attacked the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant on March 4, damaging the compound but leaving the reactors unscathed. (National Nuclear Energy Generating Company Energoatom/Handout via Reuters) 

TOKYO -- Japan will consider deploying the Self-Defense Forces to ensure the safety of the country's nuclear power plants, Nikkei has learned, as Russia's attack on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine has ushered in an awareness that reactors can be targeted by invading militaries.

Until now, Japan's nuclear safety measures have focused on preparing for and responding to natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis, as well as on counterterrorism.

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