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KANAZAWA, Ishikawa Pref. (Kyodo) Hokuriku Electric Power Co.’s No. 2 reactor at the Shiga nuclear plant in Ishikawa Prefecture, the country’s 55th commercial reactor, started up Wednesday morning after passing a final inspection by the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency.

The 1,358-megawatt, upgraded boiling-water reactor has been doing a test run and is the first new reactor to begin operating since Tohoku Electric Power Co.’s No. 1 reactor at the Higashidori nuclear plant in Aomori Prefecture started up in December.

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