Japan switched to another nuclear reactor ater Fukushima crisis

Vastavam web: A Japanese utility today switched on a nuclear reactor, the latest to come back in service despite deep public opposition in the aftermath of the Fukushima crisis.Japan shut down all of its dozens of reactors after a powerful earthquake in March 2011 spawned a huge tsunami that led to meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear plant, causing the world’s worst such accident since Chernobyl in 1986.But only a handful of reactors have come back online due to public opposition and as legal cases work their way through the courts.The latest restart at the plant in Fukui prefecture, some 350 kilometres west of Tokyo, came after court battles that lasted more than a year during which a district court near Fukui ordered KEPCO to suspend operations.
The Fukui government, where the nuclear industry is a major employer, approved the reactor’s restart but concerned residents in neighbouring Shiga prefecture asked their local court to stop the move.Shiga governor Taizo Mikazuki voiced frustration and urged the national government to reduce its reliance on nuclear power, saying his prefecture would be greatly impacted in the event of an accident.He said the environment was not right for a restart.”Local residents hold profound anxiety about nuclear plants,” he said in a written statement.