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Japan hasn’t learned from Fukushima: critics

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>> Japan hasn't learned its lesson from Fukushima. That's what critics are saying as the country's regulator signs on to extend the life two aging nuclear reactors. That means the operator, Kansai Electric, is allowed to keep them running until they are 60 years old. Reuters Aaron Sheldrick explains why regulators are under fire for the decision.
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They've allowed the operator to come up to standard after the approval, rather than meet the standards and then get the approval. The operator has three years to strengthen the site and critics say by doing this, they're simply going back to past practice, when the regulator would leave it up to the operator to say its met the standards.
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>> After the 2011 nuclear disaster, Japan shut down its atomic energy program. It's slowly been inching back to nuclear power but some experts are saying switching on aging reactors isn't the way to go.>> They're vulnerable, according to the critics and some engineers, because even though reactors are very, very strong pieces of equipment, over time, the metal does degrade from the radiation inside the reactors.
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>> Experts also say, officials aren't taking the risk from natural disasters seriously enough. Earlier this year, a series of deadly earthquakes shook the country. Japan has 42 reactors, only two are running right now but there are more restarts in the works. The IAEA has listed 26 recommendations to fix problems in the sector, from poor communication to basic radiation standards but only listed two examples of good practice.