Japanese power companies asked for permission to restart 10 nuclear reactors, a move that could presage a widespread return to atomic energy more than two years after the Fukushima disaster.
Ikuo Morinaka (L), of Kansai Electric Power Co., hands an application to an official of Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority, in Tokyo, on July 8, 2013. All but two of Japan's 50 nuclear reactors are offline, shut down for safety checks after the Fukushima disaster, the worst the world has seen since Chernobyl in 1986.
The firms submitted applications to regulators for safety assessments on units at five separate plants on the day that new beefed-up rules came into force.
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