FILE - In this July 2, 2012 file photo, reactors of No. 3, right, and No. 4 stand at Ohi nuclear power plant operated by Kansai Electric Power Co., in Ohi town, Fukui prefecture, western Japan. Japan ... more 
FILE - In this July 2, 2012 file photo, reactors of No. 3, right, and No. 4 stand at Ohi nuclear power plant operated by Kansai Electric Power Co., in Ohi town, Fukui prefecture, western Japan. Japan moved a step closer to restarting nuclear reactors Monday, July 8, 2013 as four utility companies - supplying the regions of Hokkaido, Kansai, Shikoku and Kyushu - applied for inspections at 10 of their idled reactors, the clearest sign of a return to nuclear energy nearly two and a half years after the Fukushima disaster. (AP Photo/Kyodo News, File) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT less 
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