Japan Will Go Nuclear Power-Free (Again) Tomorrow

Last reactor will be turned off

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 15, 2013 3:42 PM CDT

(Newser) – Japan will soon be completely without nuclear power. Again. The country is switching off the last of its 50 nuclear reactors—reactor 4 at Oi in western Japan—for maintenance tomorrow, and it's unclear if or when it will go online again, reports CNN. The country went completely nuclear power-free for the first time in 40 years last year, but the Oi reactors were turned back on again a few months later, reports the BBC.

Other power companies around the country have applied to turn back on about 12 other reactors, and PM Shinzo Abe would like to say yes, but the public has been unsurprisingly down on nuclear power since the Fukushima disaster. Japan used to run on about 30% nuclear power, and the average Japanese household's electricity bill has gone up 30% since Fukushima.

Reactors No. 3, right, and No. 4 stand at Oi nuclear power plant operated by Kansai Electric Power Co., in Oi town, Fukui prefecture, western Japan.
Reactors No. 3, right, and No. 4 stand at Oi nuclear power plant operated by Kansai Electric Power Co., in Oi town, Fukui prefecture, western Japan.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News, File)
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