Kansai Electric Power Co. senior official Ikuo Morinaka, left, leaves a press conference held after he filed applications for safety inspections by the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA), in Tokyo, ... more 
Kansai Electric Power Co. senior official Ikuo Morinaka, left, leaves a press conference held after he filed applications for safety inspections by the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA), in Tokyo, Monday, July 8, 2013. Four of nine Japanese nuclear plant operators - supplying the regions of Hokkaido, Kansai, Shikoku and Kyushu - filed the applications by the NRA for 10 reactors at five plants Monday, when new safety requirements take effect. Japan moved a step closer to restarting nuclear reactors Monday as four utility companies 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. Morinaka said the company has taken emergency measures and additional steps since the Fukushima disaster. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Koji Sasahara
Mon, Jul 8, 2013 1:34 AM EDT