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A controversial plan to build a high-level nuclear waste storage facility in Horonobe, Hokkaido, has been withdrawn, the Science and Technology Agency made clear Friday.

During a regular news conference, agency chief Sadakazu Tanigaki said he made a “grave decision” when the agency informed Hokkaido Gov. Tatsuya Hori of its alternative plan Thursday to build a research-only facility to study the feasibility of underground disposal of high-level nuclear waste.

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