Japan: NRA's ‘60-year’ Rule Change--Mixed Blessing?

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Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has drafted a framework for regulating nuclear power plant operations beyond the current 60-year ceiling. The lifting of this ceiling by the government has been long sought by Japan's nuclear industry although some operators appear skeptical of bottom-line benefits given the likelihood of substantially increased costs to meet stricter regulations covering degradation and other aging-related safety issues.

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