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Experts split as Japan signals nuclear power embrace post-Fukushima

The country will also consider extending the lifespan of existing nuclear plants from the current 40, to 60 years. PHOTO: REUTERS
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TOKYO - Japan's sprawling capital has - twice this year - flirted with massive blackouts that were narrowly averted as businesses and residents heeded calls to "setsuden" - that is, save electricity.

A dire power shortage as well as soaring electricity bills - which have gone up by 30 per cent year-on-year to average 9,126 yen (S$92.60) per household in September - have warmed public sentiment to what had been unthinkable since the Fukushima disaster of 2011.

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