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The mayor of Hakodate said Saturday that his city plans to sue the central government and a utility around March to halt construction of a nuclear plant in nearby Aomori Prefecture.

In the lawsuit to be filed at the Tokyo District Court, the Hakodate Municipal Government is expected to demand that the state nullify the approval granted to Electric Power Development Co., better known as J-Power, to build a nuclear plant in the town of Oma, which lies just south of the city across the Tsugaru Strait on the northern tip of Honshu, Hakodate officials said.

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