Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda suggested Wednesday approval may be given to operate the nearly completed No. 3 reactor of a nuclear power plant in Shimane Prefecture.
"It is possible to make a decision based on the progress of each" reactor, Noda told a parliament session, apparently referring to the No. 3 reactor at the Shimane plant of Chugoku Electric Power Co.
The government is carefully considering how to handle reactors under construction as the public has become increasingly wary about the safety of nuclear power plants in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi plant disaster.