Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has given approval to Kansai Electric Power to resume operations of 3 and 4 reactors of the Takahama nuclear power plant located in Fukui Prefecture.

The move marks a step ahead for returning nuclear power to the country following the Fukushima disaster of 2011, which led to the shutdown of all nuclear facilities.

The safety report has been approved by NRA as the idled reactors comply with the new and stricter safety standards for nuclear facilities, reports Kuwait News Agency.

Kansai Electric Power is due to secure NRA approval on design upgrades and operational checks, followed by local authorities’ approval prior to restarting the two reactors of the Takahama plant located about 400km west of Tokyo.

Reuters cited a spokesman as saying that the nuclear reactors are planned to resume operations by November, as per the plan submitted by the company to the government to increase prices of electricity.