(AP) Tokyo Electric Power Co. says it has requested safety inspections that could let it restart two nuclear reactors, despite concern over how it has handled the catastrophe at the Fukushima plant.
All of Japan's nuclear plants are offline while regulators consider restarts under safety rules revised after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami caused meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant.
Restarts will require approvals from the Nuclear Regulation Authority and local governments.
The request to restart two reactors at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa, in Niigata Prefecture on the Japan Sea coast, brings to 14 the number of reactors utilities want assessed.
A parliamentary panel was questioning TEPCO's president, Naomi Hirose, on Friday over the company's handling of the accident, as radiation leaks and other troubles persist.