The mayor of Genkai, Saga Prefecture, announced that he will agree to allow Kyushu Electric Power Co. to restart the Genkai nuclear power plant's No. 2 and 3 reactors.
Mayor Hideo Kishimoto's statement came in response to a call by visiting Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Banri Kaieda to permit their restart.
Japan began a campaign to convince communities hosting nuclear reactors to let operations resume.
Several local governments blocking nuclear power generation after the atomic crisis in Fukushima.
Central government officials held a briefing in Saga prefecture, where two reactors at the Genkai power plant are among several
across the country that were halted for regular checks when a huge quake and tsunami hit on March 11. Local officials have since withheld routine consent for operations to resume, citing safety concerns after the tsunami triggered a crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, which has leaked radiation into air, soil and sea.
"If the state guarantees safety, I will soon convey my decision to Kyushu Electric," said Kishimoto.
He is expected to become the first head of a municipality housing nuclear power plants to agree to a restart of operations.
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