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Citizens’ groups and lawmakers urged the government Thursday to bring the reactor restart evaluation process to a halt and put all efforts and resources into containing the groundwater flow contaminating the Pacific at the Fukushima No. 1 plant.

Ten activist groups, including Greenpeace Japan and Green Action, hosted a gathering in the capital where they met with officials of the Nuclear Regulation Authority to express their opinions on the water crisis and submit their petition for the demand.

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