• Reuters, JIJI


The restart of the biggest coal-fired power station in Hokkaido, which was hit by a devastating earthquake last week, will take weeks longer than had been thought, a government minister said Tuesday.

Fully restarting Hokkaido Electric Power Co.’s main power plant, the Tomato-Atsuma coal power station, is now expected to take more than a month, industry minister Hiroshige Seko told reporters. Previously he said it would take at least a week to restart.

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