Even though most of the nation's reactors remain shut down, Japan Nuclear Fuel's proposed fuel reprocessing facility in northern Japan has raised concerns among U.S. government officials and experts, said Tatsujiro Suzuki, vice chairman of Japan's Atomic Energy Commission. "I think this is because the Liberal Democratic Party stands firm to uphold a policy of reprocessing spent nuclear fuel, and also because plans to operate the reprocessing plant are moving forward," Suzuki said.

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