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A troubled nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Aomori Prefecture formally passed safety checks on Wednesday despite lingering questions about the future of the government’s decades-old nuclear-fuel-cycle policy based on uranium recycling.

The plant in the village of Rokkasho has been under construction for nearly three decades. It has long been intended to play a key role in the country’s nuclear policy by taking spent fuel from reactors and extracting uranium and plutonium for reuse.

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