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The Nuclear Regulation Authority is moving toward the first reactor restart under its new safety requirements since the Fukushima disaster started, giving impetus to bond sales by utilities as borrowing costs plunge.

The regulator may submit a safety report on two reactors at Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Sendai plant on July 16, paving the way for them to come online before year’s end, the daily Yomiuri Shimbun reported this week. The utility is set to sell ¥20 billion ($197 million) in 10-year bonds Friday at 39 basis points over government debt, its lowest spread for such maturities since 2010, a source said.

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