Five nuclear reactors in Japan may shut down

 Five nuclear reactors in Japan may shut down

Four Japanese utilities are planning to decommission five nuclear reactors in the country.

The reactors set for closing are Mihama 1 and 2, operated by the Kansai Electric Power Co.; Genkai , operated by Kyushu Electric Power Co.; Shimane 1, operated by Chugoku Electric Power Co.; and Tsuruga 1, operated by The Japan Atomic Power Co., according to Asahi Shimbun. The cost of refurbishing the reactors in order to meet safety regulations in place after the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster is pushing plant operators to shut them down.

Reports on decommissioning the plants are expected to be delivered to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry by March 19, the article said. Official decisions on the closings have not been made.

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