icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm
16 Jun, 2012 03:41

Back to nuclear: Japan to restart two reactors

Back to nuclear: Japan to restart two reactors

Despite safety concerns Japan has decided to resume operations at two idle nuclear reactors, opening the door to the country’s return to nuclear power after complete shutdown in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.

On Saturday, Prime Minster Yoshihiko Noda announced the decision to restart the reactors at Ohi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture in central Japan, Reuters reports. Earlier Fukui Governor Issei Nishikawa conveyed his approval for restarting the No.3 and No.4 reactors to the prime minister.

This is the first restart among Japan’s 50 idle nuclear reactors since March 2011, when the country was struck by world’s worst nuclear catastrophe after Chernobyl.

The decision comes despite numerous public protests and safety concerns.

The nuclear industry remains powerful in Japan and has been pushing for the restart of operations as country’s economy has heavily relied on nuclear power.

The decision reflects government’s concerns about the damage to the economy and underlines the unpopular premier's eagerness to win backing from businesses worried about high electricity costs that could push factories offshore.