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Japan restarts nuclear reactor

Saturday, 10 December 2016

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Tokyo: Japan has restarted one of its few operating nuclear reactors after a two-month safety check-up, despite still-heated debate over atomic power following the Fukushima disaster.

The unit was shut down in October for inspections and main­tenance under stricter rules brought in after a quake-sparked tsunami swamped the Fukushima plant in 2011, sending some reactors into meltdown and causing the worst nuclear disaster in a generation.

Utility Kyushu Electric said it switched on its No. 1 reactor at the Sendai plant in southern Kagoshima late Thursday evening, with commercial operations expected to begin early next month.

Its closure had left Japan with just two operating reactors, after dozens of units were switched off in the wake of the disaster.

Next week, the firm will shut down the No. 2 reactor at Sendai for similar inspections. The Sendai plant sits at the centre of a national debate over nuclear power.

A spokesman for Kyushu Electric yesterday said the company’s review would continue after the restart to ensure “an even higher level of safety” for the reactor.

Source by: Internet

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