Japan Re-Starts Nuclear Reactor for the First Time in Four Years
Posted on: 24/08/2015

After 4 years of nuclear silence in Japan, the country has restarted its first nuclear reactor under new safety rules.

The shutdown of nuclear power occurred after several meltdowns at the Fukushima plant as an aftermath of the tsunami and earthquake. This led to a gradual shut down of plants across the country.

Following vigilant safety testing, Kyushu Electric Power restarted the number one reactor at their Sendai plant last week- stirring strong public unease.

Protests have erupted both outside the Sendai plant and at the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s residence in Tokyo (600 miles away).

Power can be expected by Friday and Prime Minister Abe has said that the reactors have been subject to the “world’s toughest safety screening…I would like Kyushu Electric to put safety first and take utmost precautions for the restart.”

During the nuclear shut down the country was dependent on imported fossil fuels for their energy, which came at obvious expense. The government has said that this rebirth is essential to cut import bills as well as growing CO2 emissions.

Despite more than £100m (£64m) being spent on new safety equipment there is worry about potential teething problems, which has caused strong legal challenges and public opposition to this nuclear reopening and the other 25 plants who have recently applied.

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