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METI chief vows to restart reactors via The Japan Times

If tests confirm their safety, they will go back on stream: Hachiro

Kyodo

Yoshio Hachiro, the new economy, trade and industry minister, has vowed to back Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s policy of resuming halted nuclear reactors if thorough checks confirm their safety.

Hachiro’s comments at a news conference Friday evening are in line with Noda’s view that restarting reactors suspended for regular maintenance and inspections is necessary to ensure a stable power supply.

He also agreed with Noda’s medium- to long-term nuclear energy policy, saying it will be “very difficult” to build new nuclear plants after the meltdown crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant.

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