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Chubu Electric seeks to restart Hamaoka nuclear plant

Chubu Electric Power Co. applied Friday for a state safety assessment of one of its reactors at the Hamaoka nuclear power plant in central Japan that was forced to shut down in 2011 as the previous government viewed operation of the complex as too risky. With the move, the total number of reactors for which applications for safety checks have been submitted to the Nuclear Regulation Authority rose to 17.

Chubu Electric to apply for safety check to restart Hamaoka reactor

Chubu Electric Power Co. said Wednesday it will apply at the earliest possible time this fiscal year for a state safety assessment of the No. 4 reactor at the Hamaoka nuclear power plant in Shizuoka Prefecture, a key step toward resuming its operation. The regional utility serving central Japan will submit the application to the Nuclear Regulation Authority by the end of March, aiming to restart the facility which was shut down at the request of the government over safety concerns after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Voting under way in Shizuoka gubernatorial election

Voting got under way Sunday morning to choose the next governor of Shizuoka Prefecture in what is seen as a prelude to next month's House of Councillors election. Incumbent Gov. Heita Kawakatsu, 64, is running against former Tama University professor Ichiro Hirose, 57, supported by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, and Yukihiro Shimazu, 56, a senior official at the Japanese Communist Party's local chapter.

3 file candidacies in Shizuoka gubernatorial race

Official campaigning for the Shizuoka gubernatorial election started Thursday, with three people filing candidacies. The three are incumbent Gov. Heita Kawakatsu, 64, former Tama University professor Ichiro Hirose, 57, supported by the Liberal Democratic Party, and Yukihiro Shimazu, 56, a senior official of the Japanese Communist Party's local branch. Kawakatsu, who was endorsed by the Democratic Party of Japan in the previous election, has not sought the support of political parties this time.
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