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Kyushu Electric Power Co. and Chugoku Electric Power Co. decided to decommission aging reactors, following a similar move the previous day by the operators of two nuclear power plants in Fukui Prefecture amid safety concerns in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Kyushu Electric’s board decided to scrap the No. 1 reactor at the Genkai plant in Saga Prefecture, southwestern Japan, ahead of the 40th anniversary in October of the start of its operation.

Chugoku Electric Power Co. decided to decommission the No. 1 reactor at the Shimane plant in Matsue, western Japan, on the Sea of Japan coast, which is more than 40 years old.

Operators of aging plants are facing a tough decision as huge amounts of additional investment are needed to meet the new safety requirements to keep reactors operating beyond 40 years.

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2 more power companies decide to scrap aging nuclear reactors (Mainichi Newspaper)


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