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Kansai Electric Power Co. launched special checks on its two aging nuclear reactors at the Takahama plant, seeking to operate them beyond the limit of 40 years despite public concerns over the safety of old nuclear facilities in Japan.

Under tighter safety requirements adopted after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis, reactors are not allowed to operate more than 40 years in principle to ensure safety. The nuclear regulator may grant a one-time extension of up to 20 years, but utilities seeking to extend the operational periods must conduct special checks that set a high hurdle to clear and require hefty costs.
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