Japan resumes operations at nuclear unit beyond 40-year limit: report

A nuclear reactor in central Japan's Fukui Prefecture was restarted on Wednesday, making it Japan's first nuclear unit to operate beyond the 40-year service period mandated by the government following the 2011 Fukushima earthquake and tsunami, Kyodo News reported.

The No.3 unit of Kansai Electric Power Co.'s Mihama plant resumed operation for the first time in about ten years after completing final inspections, the report said.

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority approved the unit to operate beyond the 40-year limit for up to 20 years in 2016 after screening safety measures. 

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