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The president of Tokyo Electric Power Co. asked Aomori Prefecture on Wednesday for permission to set up the nation’s first interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel in the city of Mutsu by 2010.

Although Aomori Gov. Shingo Mimura, who met with Tepco chief Tsunehisa Katsumata, did not give an immediate go-ahead, Katsumata told reporters after the meeting the utility believes it will be possible to start operating the facility as planned.

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