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In this Nov. 7, 2012 photo, farmer Keiko Kikukawa stands in her field in Rokasho village, Aomori Prefecture, northern Japan. By hosting a high-tech facility that would convert spent fuel into a plutonium-uranium mix designed for the next generation of reactors, Rokkasho was supposed to provide fuel while minimizing nuclear waste storage problems. Those ambitions are falling apart because years of attempts to build a âfast breederâ reactor, which would use the reprocessed fuel, appear to be ending in failure. "It's so unfair that Rokkasho is stuck with the nuclear garbage from all over Japan," Kikukawa said. "And it's not going to go away even if the Rokkasho plant stops immediately. We're dumping it all onto our offsprings to take care of. It's so irresponsible." (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)