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Last active nuclear reactor switched off in Japan

05-06-2012 10:50 BJT

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Japan's Hokkaido Electric Power Corporation has shut down the country's last active nuclear reactor, leaving Japan with no nuclear-derived electricity for the first time in four decades.

Hokkaido Electric said the process to turn off the Number 3 unit at the Tomari nuclear plant in northern Japan began at 5 p.m. local time. The shutdown will finish on Sunday. Japan faces projected power shortages of up to 20 percent this summer, and officials, including Trade Minister Yukio Edano, had been trying to win public support for reactivating two idle reactors at another plant. However, growing public concerns over the safety of nuclear technology after last March's Fukushima accident have put the project on hold.

An aerial picture of Hokkaido Electric Power Co.'s Tomari nuclear power plant
in Hokkaido prefecture. Japan has switched off its last working nuclear reactor,
leaving the country without atomic-generated electricity just over a year after
 the world's worst nuclear accident in a quarter of a century.

This aerial view, taken in 2010, shows the Tomari nuclear plant in
northernmost Hokkaido, northern Japan. A Japanese power firm has begun
switching off the country's last working reactor, a spokesman said,
leaving it without nuclear power just over a year after the world's
worst atomic accident in a quarter of a century.


Editor:Bai Yang |Source: CNTV.CN

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