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Most Japan cities hosting nuclear plants OK restart: Survey

Published on Jan 6, 2013 2:03 PM
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A worker checks nuclear radiation levels on a bus during a visit by Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture on Dec 29, 2012. The majority of Japanese towns and cities hosting nuclear plants said they would agree to the reactors being restarted if the government guaranteed the safety of the facilities, a survey said Sunday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - The majority of Japanese towns and cities hosting nuclear plants said they would agree to the reactors being restarted if the government guaranteed the safety of the facilities, a survey said Sunday.

All but two of Japan's 50 reactors remain closed for safety checks following the Fukushima nuclear disaster triggered by the March 2011 quake-tsunami and must get the blessing of a new regulator before being restarted.

Despite the Fukushima crisis, 54 percent of the 135 mayors of communities located near nuclear plants said they would accept the restart of the reactors, according to the survey by the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper.

Only 18 percent said they would not support reactor restarts, while 28 percent refrained from clarifying their position, the Yomiuri said, while two did not give valid answers.

 
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