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Nuclear regulators on Thursday began assessing the safety of two reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant, nearly two months after the utility filed an application to restart them.

The move is a sign of progress for Tepco, which is eager to restart the seven-reactor plant in Niigata Prefecture to improve the tough business conditions it faces due to the crisis at its Fukushima No. 1 complex. Earlier, the Nuclear Regulation Authority suggested the process may not go smoothly.

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