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Niigata Gov. Hirohiko Izumida said Thursday that he basically approves of Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s plan to request government safety tests for two idled reactors at the world’s largest nuclear power plant, paving the way to restarting them.

Izumida’s assent allows the beleaguered utility ask the Nuclear Regulation Authority to determine whether reactors 6 and 7 at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa power station meet new safety requirements introduced in July as a precondition for restarts.

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