Japan Restarts Nuke Reactor
Protests break out as public safety concerns persist
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2012 8:56 AM CDT
This Jan. 26, 2012 file photo shows No. 3, right, and No. 4 reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co's Ohi nuclear power plant.   (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
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(Newser) – Japan re-entered the nuclear business today for the first time since the Fukushima Dai-ichi meltdown more than a year ago, reports Reuters. Kansai Electric Power Co fired up the No. 3 reactor at its Ohi plant, and will add its No. 4 reactor later this month. The move comes as Japan stares down a summer energy crisis, yet is intensely unpopular among the nearly 70% of Japanese who want the government to eradicate nuclear power altogether. Protesters clogged both the Ohi plant and the streets of downtown Tokyo in response.

 

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