Fukushima operator seeks permission to restart reactor
TOKYO (AFP) - Fukushima operator Tepco on Friday asked Japan's nuclear watchdog for permission to restart a separate atomic power station, as it resumed cleaning polluted water at the crippled plant.
Tokyo Electric Power switched on treatment systems at the tsunami-wrecked site, seen as key to winning public support for the eventual dumping into the ocean of thousands of tonnes of now-contaminated water.
The developments came as the head of the UN's nuclear body said his organisation could help Japan's ocean monitoring efforts to ensure they conform to international norms - key if Tokyo is going to overcome worldwide suspicion over the effect on the seas.
"We at Tokyo Electric have learnt the lessons from the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant and we think sharing the lessons with the world is our obligation," senior Tepco official Takafumi Anegawa told reporters after documents were submitted to the Nuclear Regulation Authority.