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Tepco Seeks to Start Idled Reactor as Crews Battle Radiation

Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to seek government approval to start a nuclear reactor shut after a 2007 earthquake to help ease power shortages, while the utility battles radiation leaks from its Fukushima Dai-Ichi station.

The reactor at Kashiwazaki Kariwa, the world’s biggest atomic station, is capable of supplying electricity this year, Masataka Shimizu, president of the utility known as Tepco, said in Tokyo yesterday. “I would like to get approval to restart the No. 3 reactor early, this year if possible,” he said.