A draft of the Liberal Democratic Party's platform for the upcoming election states that any reactors which clear the newly compiled safety criteria will be restarted — a move likely to upset antinuclear voters awakened by the Fukushima meltdowns in 2011.

The ruling LDP will vow to stimulate the economy, revise the pacifist Constitution and mend Japan's strained ties with China and South Korea in line with the intentions of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the party's president.

On nuclear policy, the government "will restart (reactors) under its own responsibility once it obtains the understanding" of local authorities and after the Nuclear Regulatory Authority judges them safe, the draft platform says.