A Japanese town’s local assembly has voted in favour of enabling a nuclear power plant to re-open.

Ohi, a town that hosts a nuclear plant agreed it was necessary to restart two off-line reactors, its chairman said, the first such nod since all the country’s stations were halted after the Fukushima crisis.

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But further discussion lies ahead before two reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co’s Ohi plant in western Japan can be reconnected to the grid, reports City AM.

With power shortages looming in the region when demand peaks this summer, the central government has been trying to win approval from towns and prefectures that host reactors.

The government is working on an energy mix policy it hopes to unveil this summer, replacing a programme that had aimed to boost the share of atomic power to more than 50 per cent by 2030.

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