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Ibaraki Gov. Masaru Hashimoto said Thursday he will not consent to restarting the sole reactor at the Tokai No. 2 nuclear plant in the village of Tokai, which went offline in March 2011 after a nuclear disaster unfolded in neighboring Fukushima Prefecture.

Hashimoto’s pledge, coming on the day his campaigning for a seventh term as governor officially got under way, goes further than his previous calls for a conditional restart.

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