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Japan Said to Mull Uranium Imports Via East Russia

Japan, the third-largest nuclear power producer, plans to ask Russia to allow it to ship uranium from landlocked Kazakhstan through ports along the country’s Pacific coast to cut the cost of importing the atomic fuel.

A six-month study to assess the viability of shipments from Kazakhstan, the world’s largest uranium producer, via ports near Vladivostok will begin in August and be funded by the Japanese trade ministry, said two government officials in Tokyo with direct knowledge of the plan, who declined to be named before an official announcement due this month.