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Nuclear regulators keep ban on Monju reactor via NHK World

Japan’s nuclear regulator has dismissed a plea to lift its order banning the operation of an experimental reactor in Fukui Prefecture.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority in 2013 ordered the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, which operates the prototype Monju fast breeder reactor, to keep it offline.

The order came after the operator was found to have failed to inspect about 10,000 items at the plant.

On Thursday, officials of the operator asked the authority to lift the order, saying they had improved situations that constituted violations of safety provisions.

The officials said they had completed maintenance of all relevant devices by April, and reviewed maintenance methods based on each one’s importance.

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