Japan moves closer to restarting nuclear reactors

Associated Press
Japan moves closer to restarting nuclear reactors

Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA)'s head of coordination group emergency response Tomoya Ichimura, left, receives application documents from Hokkaido Electric Power Co. Inc. Vice President Osamu Sakai in Tokyo, Monday, July 8, 2013. Four of nine Japanese nuclear plant operators - supplying the regions of Hokkaido, Kansai, Shikoku and Kyushu - filed applications for safety inspections by the NRA for 10 reactors at five plants Monday, when new safety requirements take effect. Japan moved a step closer to restarting nuclear reactors Monday as four utility companies applied for inspections at 10 of their idled reactors, the clearest sign of a return to nuclear energy nearly two and a half years after the Fukushima disaster. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

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