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Sendai N-Reactor Could Restart on Aug. 10 to End Japan’s N-Free Period via Jiji Press

   Kagoshima, July 31 (Jiji Press)–Kyushu Electric Power Co. <9508> notified the Nuclear Regulation Authority of a plan to restart the No. 1 reactor of its Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, as early as Aug. 10, ending nearly two years without nuclear power in Japan.

The Sendai No. 1 reactor, which has been idle since being taken offline in May 2011 for a routine inspection, will be Japan’s first reactor to be brought back online since the country’s last operating reactor went idle in September 2013.

It will also be the first reactor to be restarted of the five that have been confirmed by the NRA as meeting Japan’s enhanced safety standards, introduced in July 2013 following the triple meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant triggered by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

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