Japan denies restart rumors

An official from Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority this week denied rumors the country would restart six nuclear reactors in the coming days, as the world nears the anniversary of the Fukushima meltdown, Agence France-Presse reports.

"Nothing has been decided as it's impossible for us to predict how many reactors can reopen this year before new safety measures are announced," a regulatory official told AFP.

Earlier in the week, the head of the French firm Areva said he expected half a dozen Japanese reactors to come back online by the end of the year and that most of the country’s reactors would eventually return to service. The forecast, AFP reports, is based on Areva’s expectations of what Japan’s new regulatory framework will look like, which is expected to be announced in July. Only two of the country’s 50 nuclear reactors are currently supplying power to the grid, after the entire nuclear fleet was shut down for safety checks following the Fukushima disaster.

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