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2. High court allows restart of Takahama reactors

The Osaka High Court has nullified a lower court injunction that suspended operations of 2 nuclear reactors in central Japan.

The No.3 and No.4 reactors at the Takahama plant in Fukui Prefecture have been offline since the Otsu district court issued the order in March last year.

The Otsu court upheld claims filed by residents of Fukui's neighboring prefecture of Shiga that Kansai Electric Power Company had failed to fully explain the plant's safety.

Its injunction was the first to halt an online reactor.

Kansai Electric appealed to the Osaka High Court, claiming it has put in place tougher safety measures than required under new regulations introduced after the 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

The high court decision on Tuesday allows the reactors to go back online.

Kansai Electric plans to begin procedures to restart the reactors, including the transfer of nuclear fuel, after explaining the situation to local governments in Fukui Prefecture.

It's expected to take more than a month for the reactors to resume operation.