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A civic group in Shizuoka Prefecture kicked off a petition drive Sunday in hopes of triggering a referendum on whether to restart the Hamaoka nuclear power plant, members of the group said.

If the group collects around 62,000 signatures, or one-fiftieth of Shizuoka’s eligible voters, in the two-month period allowed under local law, it can directly request that Gov. Heita Kawakatsu adopt an ordinance to hold the referendum. This gives the group until July 11 to complete the petition.

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