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First shipment of highly radioactive nuclear waste leaves UK

The first shipment of highly radioactive nuclear waste from the UK has left Sellafield for Japan.

The waste is a by-product of nuclear fuel spent by Japanese reactors that was sent to the UK for reprocessing during the 1980s and 1990s.

The waste was loaded onto a specifically designed rail wagon and ship for it to be transported safely.

BBC reporter Jorn Madslien has had exclusive access to the Sellafield site.

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