Niigata Gov. Hirohiko Izumida declined Friday to give his consent to Tepco's plan to restart two of the seven reactors at the world's largest nuclear power plant.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. President Naomi Hirose went to Niigata to tell local leaders about the utility's plan to apply for a government safety assessment of reactors 6 and 7 at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant as a step toward bringing them back online.

After meetings with the mayors of the two municipalities that host the facility, Hirose said he "obtained consent to some extent."