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A town and a village in Hokkaido said Thursday they will launch preliminary research into the suitability of hosting a disposal site for high-level radioactive nuclear waste.

Masayuki Takahashi, mayor of Kamoenai village, and Haruo Kataoka, mayor of Suttsu town, announced their decisions at respective news conferences, despite opposition from Hokkaido leaders, local residents and fishermen.

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