Japan Lifts Ban, Restarts First Reactor


An aerial view shows the No.1 (L) and No.2 reactor buildings at Kyushu Electric Power's Sendai nuclear power station in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima prefecture, Japan, August 11, 2015, in this photo taken by Kyodo.Under stringent new safety regulations, Japan on Tuesday restarted a nuclear reactor for the first time since the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

Kyushu Electric Power restarted the No. 1 reactor at its Sendai plant at about 10:30 a.m. local time, ending a two-year ban on nuclear power. The move has unnerved some local residents who remain skeptical about the tougher regulations. Protesters gathered outside the Sendai plant and at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Tokyo residence. Kyushu Electric spokesman Tomomitsu Sakata said the reactor went online with no problems and it would take about 24 hours before a full nuclear reaction takes place.

The plant is expected to begin generating power by Friday.

All nuclear plants were closed after a powerful earthquake struck off the coast in Japan in March 2011, triggering a tsunami that damaged the Fukushima nuclear plant and led to a meltdown. Nearly 16,000 people died and more than 2,500 are listed as missing from the disaster. Read more at BBC News.

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  1. I’m not sure why this story ends with the implication that the nuclear disaster killed nearly 16,000 people when the BBC report clearly and specifically says otherwise. “Almost 16,000 people died and more than 2,500 are still listed as missing, though none of the deaths has been linked to the nuclear disaster.”