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Japan sending nuclear materials to the U.S.

Japan plans to send more than 700 pounds of weapons grade plutonium and highly enriched uranium to the U.S.

According to the Associated Press, American and Japanese officials confirmed the plan ahead of a formal announcement. The nuclear materials had been kept at a research reactor site in Tokaimura, the site of a 1999 accident that killed two workers. The amount being returned to the U.S. is a fraction of Japan’s overall stockpile, the article said.

Japan would have to restart 16 nuclear reactors in order to slow the plutonium stockpile increase. The country currently has no operating reactors, and all 48 units must gain government approvals in order to restart after the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

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