Japan restarts another reactor despite opposition

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TOKYO: Japan on Thursday restarted a second nuclear reactor after a shutdown triggered by the 2011 Fukushima crisis, as the government pushes to return to a cheaper energy source despite widespread public opposition. Utility Kyushu Electric Power said it restarted the number-two reactor at Sendai, about 1,000 kilometers southwest of Tokyo at 10:30 am (0130 GMT). The same power plant’s number-one reactor was restarted in August, ending a two-year nuclear power hiatus. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pushed for a restart, arguing that atomic energy is necessary to power the world’s third biggest economy. But the public is largely opposed to atomic energy after the Fukushima crisis sent radiation over a wide area and forced tens of thousands from their homes — many of whom will likely never return — in the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986.

AFP

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