The operator of the Fukushima nuclear power plant has asked the Japanese government for permission to reopen two reactors at a different location.
All of Japan's nuclear stations were closed after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami which prompted the Fukushima crisis.
The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) now wants to restart reactors on the north-west coast, despite continuing criticism of the company's handling of the Fukushima response.
Japan's Industry Minister, Toshimitsu Motegi, is warning that all efforts should be focused on dealing safely with the ongoing problems at the wrecked plant.
"Needless to say, the most important task is the decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and dealing with the contaminated water," he said.
"I'd like all necessary measures to be taken. They must not be neglected on any account."