MATSUYAMA, EHIME PREF. – A town mayor in western Japan gave approval Thursday to restart a nuclear reactor in the area, bringing closer the resumption of the third reactor in Japan under tougher safety rules introduced after the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
“I will accept the resumption,” Ikata Mayor Kazuhiko Yamashita told Ehime Gov. Tokihiro Nakamura at the prefectural office building in Matsuyama, referring to the No. 3 unit at Shikoku Electric Power Co.’s Ikata plant that cleared the Nuclear Regulation Authority’s safety screening process in July.