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Japan’s stockpile of plutonium kept inside and outside the country fell slightly at the end of 2016 from a year earlier with the restart of nuclear reactors using plutonium-uranium mixed oxide fuel, the Cabinet Office said Tuesday.

The decrease of around 1 ton to about 46.9 tons was the first decline since the end of 2012. But there remains little prospect of fully reusing the supply in the nation’s commercial reactors. The large amount of plutonium, which could be used to make nuclear weapons, remains a proliferation risk.

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