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Japan tightens reactor restart rules

TOKYO — The head of Japan’s new nuclear regulatory agency said Thursday that reactors will not be allowed to restart until they pass seismic inspections and meet new safety standards to be instituted next year.

Shunichi Tanaka, chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, said that under the agency’s new safety requirements, emergency procedures for accidents and terrorist attacks will become compulsory for nuclear plant operators.

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