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Sadakazu Tanigaki, director general of the Science and Technology Agency, said March 9 that he is ready to meet with Aomori Gov. Morio Kimura over matters related to high-level nuclear waste to be returned from France and unloaded in his prefecture.

Kimura had expressed hopes of meeting with Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto to make a set of requests, mainly regarding nuclear safety, prior to a scheduled arrival of a ship from France in Mutsuogawara Port March 10.

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