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Tepco gets first safety approval for nuclear restart since Fukushima

TOKYO, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) on Wednesday got an initial safety approval from a nuclear regulator, the first step towards restarting the world's biggest nuclear power station following the meltdowns at its Fukushima atomic plant in 2011.

The approval for the No. 6 and No. 7 reactors at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant from Japan's atomic watchdog is preliminary and subject to review by a public highly sceptical of Tepco's ability to operate nuclear plants after cover-ups before the Fukushima disaster and missteps as the crisis unfolded. (Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori and Aaron Sheldrick; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)