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Shimane Gov. Tatsuya Maruyama on Thursday gave his approval to restarting Chugoku Electric Power Co.’s No. 2 reactor at the Shimane nuclear power plant, paving the way for a restart sometime in the fiscal year beginning April 2023.

“I believe the No. 2 reactor restart is unavoidable under the current circumstances,” the governor told the prefectural assembly while explaining his reasons for the decision.

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