April 16th, 2012
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Japan’s nuclear power to come down to zero next month

japan nuclear energy Tokyo: Japanese Trade and Industry Minister Yukio Edano said operations at Japan’s all nuclear power plants could be suspended “momentarily” starting May 6. “The number of nuclear reactors operating across the country may go down to zero, perhaps momentarily, from May 6,” he said in a seminar in Tokushima, western Japan.

Japan may go “momentarily” without nuclear power next month when the only one reactor still in operation shuts down for maintenance work, the country’s industry minister warned Sunday. Only one of Japan’s 54 reactors — in northernmost Hokkaido — is in operation at present, but it is scheduled to be shut down for maintenance work on May 5.

Yukio Edano made the comment as the government prepared to restart two offline nuclear reactors amid criticism from media and environmental groups skeptical over the safety of atomic power after the Fukushima accident. “It is hard to understand why the government is in such a haste to restart the reactors,” the major daily Mainichi Shimbun said.

The government of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda announced on Friday that it was safe and necessary to restart the reactors at the Oi nuclear power plant in western Japan, which could help prevent power shortages in the summer months. However this stabd of the government came under intense criticism from the media and various environmentalists.”The nuclear industry and the government were totally unprepared for the disaster at Fukushima Daiichi and now they are trying to pretend they can call Oi safe without improving safety or emergency measures,” said Wakao Hanaoka, the Japan campaign manager for the environment watchdog Greenpeace.



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