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Japan Wins Scientists’ Panel Nod to Restart Atomic Reactors

A panel of Japanese scientists reported that two nuclear reactors idled for safety checks are safe to operate, giving Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda the approval he needs to re-start the units.

After a meeting late Sunday that was moved to a new venue after anti-nuclear protests, the 12-member panel appointed by the governor of Fukui prefecture, where Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Ohi nuclear plant is located, released a document stating the plant can be operated safely.