A district court on Friday rejected a plea to halt Shikoku Electric Power Co.'s planned restart of a reactor at the Ikata nuclear power plant in western Japan.

Residents in Oita Prefecture, which faces the plant in Ehime Prefecture across the sea, had sought a provisional injunction from the Oita District Court banning the restart of the No. 3 reactor.

The decision was in line with a high court ruling on Tuesday, which accepted an appeal by the power company and gave the green light for the restart of the No. 3 unit.