UPDATE 1-Japan minister's quitting a hitch, but won't affect reactor restart

October 20, 2014 11:36 AM

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TOKYO Oct 20 (Reuters) - Japan's plan to restart nuclear reactors shut down after the Fukushima disaster will not be affected by Monday's resignation of the industry minister, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is losing a convincing advocate of a step most view with suspicion.

Forty-year-old Yuko Obuchi's resignation from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, six weeks after she was appointed, is the latest hitch in a process bogged down by documentation over safety standards, concerns about natural disasters and local opposition.

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