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The Ehime Prefectural Assembly consented Friday to a plan to restart a nuclear power plant despite lingering safety concerns from the 2011 Fukushima core meltdowns.

The acceptance of a petition for reactivating the No. 3 reactor at Shikoku Electric Power Co.’s Ikata plant and the adoption of a resolution stating that is necessary brought the plant a step closer to becoming the country’s second nuclear facility to restart under stricter safety regulations. The first was Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Sendai complex.

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