This file photo taken on July 1, 2012 shows Kansai Electric Power Co (KEPCO) engineers reactivating its nuclear reactor at the company's Oi nuclear power plant in Oi, Fukui prefecture. AFP PHOTO
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Japan will send a huge cache of plutonium – enough to produce 50 nuclear bombs – to the United States as part of a deal to return the material that was used for research, reports and officials said Tuesday.The plutonium stockpile, provided by the U.S., Britain and France decades ago, has caused some disquiet given that Japan has said it has the ability to produce a nuclear weapon even if it chooses not to.Japan relies heavily on nuclear technology for its energy needs.Japan is the only country to ever have been attacked with nuclear weapons, and under a 1967 policy it refuses to produce, possess or allow nuclear weapons on its soil.
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