TOKYO (AP) -- A court has rejected an injunction request by local residents over two nuclear reactors in southern Japan, giving the go-ahead for their restart as planned this summer.
The Kagoshima District Court decision Wednesday regarding the Sendai No. 1 and No. 2 reactors is a major relief for the power industry and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's pro-business government. Another court last week banned the restarts of two reactors in western Japan.
The Sendai reactors obtained safety approval by the regulators under new requirements introduced after the 2011 nuclear crisis. Their operator, Kyushu Electric Power Co., is making final preparations for their restart, expected around July.
The ruling said the new safety standards are adequate and the Sendai reactors have necessary steps in place.
All 48 Japanese commercial reactors are currently offline.