Politicians in the Kansai region are increasingly coming out against approving any early restart of two nuclear reactors in Fukui Prefecture unless the central government first issues new safety guidelines that would hopefully prevent another crisis like Fukushima No. 1.

Last week, the Nuclear Safety Commission approved the results of first-stage stress tests for reactors 3 and 4 at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Oi nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture. But the commission’s approval of the stress tests has been slammed as insufficient by leaders in and out of the prefecture.

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