BACK TO NUCLEAR: Japan moved a step closer to restarting nuclear reactors Monday as four utility companies applied for safety inspections of 10 idled plants, the clearest sign of a return to atomic energy nearly 2 1/2 years after the Fukushima disaster.
THE BACKGROUND: With all but two of the country's 50 reactors offline since a tsunami swept through the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant in March 2011, Japan has been almost without nuclear energy that once supplied about a third of its power.
WHAT'S AHEAD: Only reactors that pass the stricter rules will be allowed to restart, possibly early next year.
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