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An idled reactor run by Shikoku Electric Power Co. is expected take a big step next week toward resuming operation, bolstering the government’s drive to revive atomic power in the wake of the Fukushima meltdowns, sources said Friday.

The No. 3 unit at the three-reactor Ikata plant in Ehime Prefecture is close to following four of Japan’s 43 commercial reactors in clearing the Nuclear Regulation Authority’s post-Fukushima safety tests so it can go back online.

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