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TSURUGA, Fukui Pref. — Five years after a sodium leak and fire shut down the Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor here, the battle over whether it should be put back into operation still rages.

Although officials claim drastic improvements in safety have been carried out and Monju should be restarted as soon as possible, local residents and others opposed to the plant remain unconvinced of its safety and are calling on the prefectural government to keep it closed.

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