TOKYO — Japan moved closer to reviving part of its moribund nuclear power industry on Friday, as a regional government gave its consent to restarting two reactors at a plant in its territory — one of a dozen facilities nationwide waiting to be switched back on following the Fukushima disaster three and a half years ago.
The decision by the authorities in Kagoshima Prefecture, on the southern island of Kyushu, cleared an important obstacle to restarting the reactors, which were declared safe by Japan’s new nuclear regulatory agency in September but have been awaiting the go-ahead from politicians.
Japan’s 48 operable commercial reactors have been caught in a seesawing debate over safety since the triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in March 2011, and none are currently producing power. The two reactors in Kagoshima, at the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant, would be the first to be brought back online under the new safety standards introduced last year.
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