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The long shadow of Fukushima

Six years after nuclear disaster, Japan struggles to fine-tune its energy policy

Decommissioning costs for the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, seen here on Feb. 3, continue to mount.

TOKYO Six years after a massive earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, the catastrophe still looms large over Japan's energy policy.

Most of the country's nuclear plants remain offline due to safety concerns. The finances of Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings -- the operator of the ill-fated Fukushima facility -- are in a shambles. Cleanup costs continue to mount, with no ceiling in sight.

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