The next operator of the troubled Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor will need to meet a range of safety and transparency standards, including appointing outside experts to help manage the project, according to a report submitted to the science minister Friday.

But the report, by a government panel tasked with finding a new operator, stopped short of naming a replacement for the state-backed Japan Atomic Energy Agency, which the Nuclear Regulation Authority said in November is unfit to safely operate the reactor in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture.

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