The Fukui District Court on Thursday overturned an injunction against restarting reactor Nos. 3 and 4 at Kansai Electric Power Co.'s Takahama plant, clearing the way for the units to become the third and fourth to go back on line since the Fukushima disaster in 2011 sparked a moratorium on nuclear power.

With the decision, Kepco said it will move quickly to fuel up the No. 3 reactor for restart by late January. Plans call for the No. 4 reactor to be refueled in late January for restart by late February.

The decision by the presiding judge, Jun Hayashi, nullifies that of his predecessor, Hideaki Higuchi, who in April placed a provisional injunction on the Takahama reactors due to safety concerns. Higuchi was later transferred to the Nagoya Family Court.