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Kansai Electric seeks approval to run four-decade-old reactor via The Japan Times Online

FUKUI — Kansai Electric Power Co. on Friday asked the government to approve its operation of an atomic reactor that is nearly 40 years old, after public confidence was lost in older reactors amid the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Whether the government will accept the request is uncertain because of growing doubts about the advisability of operating old reactors and Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s recent call for phasing out nuclear power.

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