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Japan's Nuclear Reactors Pass New Safety Standards

TOKYO, July 17 (Bernama) -- Japan's nuclear regulator has approved safety measures for two reactors in paving the way for the country to resume nuclear power generation.

Japan was hit by a nuclear disaster three years ago, Japan's Jiji Press news agency reported.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority adopted a draft report saying safety measures for two reactors at Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s Sendai nuclear power station in southwest Kagoshima Prefecture have satisfied new safety standards that entered into force a year ago.

Once the report is finalised, the reactors will be the first in Japan to pass the NRA's screenings under the new standards.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi Prefecture in northeast Japan that the government is determined to push ahead with plans to restart the Sendai reactors while obtaining local understanding.

The reactors will be put back into operation as early as autumn after local approval is obtained and pre-operation tests completed.

Japan is experiencing its first summer without a nuclear reactor in active operation since the March 2011 triple reactor meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima nuclear power station in the northeast.

The new standards were introduced on July 8 last year to ensure that all nuclear plants across the country are able to prevent or deal with severe disasters or accidents.

-- BERNAMA





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