Despite the fact that two reactors of the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant in September meet new government regulations on nuclear safety and their operator Kyushu Electric Power Company was given consent to resume operation, the plant still needs the approval of the Nuclear Regulation Authority on procedural matters, according to NHK.
Preparation of technical documents may take two or three months longer than previously expected, NHK said.
After the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster, Japanese authorities suspended the operation of all 48 nuclear power reactors in the country, due to stricter government safety regulations.
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was hit by a powerful earthquake and subsequent tsunami on March 11, 2011, which caused a meltdown of three of the plant's six nuclear reactors. The Fukushima nuclear failure led to the release of radioactive materials into the atmosphere and groundwater.