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Japan may only restart a third of reactors shut by 2011 disaster

By Mari Saito, Aaron Sheldrick and Kentaro Hamada  /  Reuters, TOKYO

Chubu Electric Power Co’s Hamaoka nuclear power plant 190km southwest of Tokyo in Shizuoka Prefecture has been branded by one Japanese seismologist as the country’s most dangerous nuclear facility as it is in an area where four major tectonic plates meet. Any restart would face significant opposition from local legislators even in Abe’s own Liberal Democratic Party and the Shizuoka prefectural governor supports a referendum on the issue.

The government will probably revise Japan’s energy framework in the next three years and if Abe’s party is still in power, it may push to build new reactors to replace aging units, Suzuki said.

“They may say it’s better to replace older reactors with safer new reactors, and the public may accept it,” Suzuki added.

Additional reporting by Taiga Uranaka and James Topham

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