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    What is the meaning of this sentences?

    Please read the following sentences.

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could soon return his nation to nuclear power for the first time since the Fukushima accident three years ago. ... All signs are that he will get it.

    I quote this sentence from "http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/21/world/asia/warily-leading-japans-nuclear-reawakening.html?ref=japan".

    Does the meaning of first sentence is "The author of this sentence guessed that Shinzo Abe can soon return his nation to ... ."?
    And what is the meaning of "All signs are that he will get it."?

    Could you help me answer my question?

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    Re: What is the meaning of this sentences?

    The first sentence means that there is a chance that Abe will go back to nuclear power. The next part refers to the consent needed from the small towns- he will probably get their consent and, therefore, be able to reactivate the nuclear plants.

    But before he can, he will need the consent of the remote towns

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    Re: What is the meaning of this sentences?

    Dear Tdol:
    Thank you for your early reply!
    "All signs are that he will get it." means that all signs that Abe will go back to nuclear power are that he will get their consent, doesn't it?

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    Re: What is the meaning of this sentences?

    The signs are = it looks likely

    The signs point to his getting the consent- it seems that the towns are going to say yes.

    He needs this consent in order to go back to nuclear power, which is what he wants. Therefore, it is likely that the nuclear power plants will be activated, but the first stage is getting the consent.

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    Re: What is the meaning of this sentences?

    Dear Tdol:
    Thank you very much!
    "The signs are = it looks likely" is very easy to understand.

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