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NIIGATA, (Kyodo) Niigata Gov. Hirohiko Izumida expressed his intention Thursday to approve getting one of the reactors at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant up and running for the first time since the entire facility was shut down by a major earthquake in July 2007.

Izumida’s statement, delivered at a session of the prefectural assembly, follows approval by the city of Kashiwazaki and the village of Kariwa, meaning all local authorities will have given the green light to resuming the plant’s No. 7 reactor.

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