• Kyodo


The safety debate at the Oi nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture appeared to shift toward reactivation late Monday as trade minister Yukio Edano said it has already fulfilled enough of last week’s hastily drafted extra safety steps to prevent meltdowns from happening during power outages.

Emerging from a Cabinet meeting on nuclear safety Monday night, Edano said the government now believes Oi’s reactors can survive a station blackout like the one that doomed the Fukushima No. 1 power plant in Fukushima Prefecture last March.

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