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One of Japan’s opportunities to tap cleaner, cheaper energy and reduce its dependence on imported oil has run into a problem: millions of naked bathers.

The dispute is over volcanically heated water deep underground that geothermal power plants would tap to generate electricity. Japan, with nearly a tenth of the world’s active volcanoes, also has thousands of hot spring resorts whose owners oppose plans to siphon off steaming mineral waters.

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