Two Japan nuclear reactors pass restart hurdle




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A month of public consultation place ahead of any restart ’s nuclear regulator has given preliminary approval for reactors at a nuclear plant in the south of the country to restart.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) said the reactors at the Sendai plant had met new standards introduced after the Fukushima .

These are the first nuclear reactors to pass this hurdle.

All ’s 48 reactors are currently stopped, but PM Shinzo Abe has been pushing for restarts where possible.

The Japanese public turned against nuclear power after the meltdowns at the Fukushima plant in 2011.

Before the accident, which caused by a massive earthquake and tsunami, nuclear plants supplied about 30% of ’s power.

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But since then the plants have been closed, either for scheduled maintenance or because of safety fears, and have been restarted.

Japan’s last reactor, at Ohi in western Japan, went offline in September 2013.

The NRA said the Sendai plant, in southern Kyushu, had met new safety standards intended to guard against damage from natural disasters.

A month-long public consultation place before the NRA a final decision.

Earlier this year, Mr Abe’s government approved an energy plan backing the use of nuclear power, despite public anxiety.

The plan reversed an earlier decision to phase out nuclear power by a previous government.

Trade and Industry Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said at the

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