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Local governor gives final OK to first Japan nuclear restart

07 november 2014, 14:14

 A local governor gave the green light Friday to restarting an atomic power station, granting the pro-nuclear government a significant victory in its bid to get Japan's reactor network back online, AFP reports.

Two units at Sendai nuclear power plant in southern Japan were clear to resume activity after authorities considered "various situations comprehensively", Kagoshima Governor Yuichiro Ito told a news conference.

The governor's go-ahead, which followed approval by Kagoshima's assembly, removes the final hurdle in the government's mission to get nuclear power up and running again, more than three years after the disaster at Fukushima.

The restarts, which are unlikely to happen until next year, will herald the first nuclear power generation in Japan since September 2013, when the final working reactors were shut down amid public qualms over safety.

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