Japan to restart first nulear power plant since Fukushima
Tokio, Japan - The Japanese government has decided to restart the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture, central Japan.
All of Japan's more than 50 nuclear reactors were idled after the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in March of last year. The government decision came after Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda met Fukui Governor Issei Nishikawa in Tokyo on Saturday. In the meeting, the Fukui governor conveyed his approval for restarting the idled No.3 and 4 reactors at the plant.
Nishikawa said he agreed to the restart because the government pledged to increase its efforts to ensure safety. Noda and 3 other cabinet ministers then held a meeting. Noda said now that consent from local communities has been obtained, the government finalizes the decision to reactivate the 2 reactors. Since May, no nuclear plants have operated in Japan due to regular inspections and safety concerns.
Around the prime minister's office where the meeting was held, some 400 people held a rally, holding up placards saying they oppose the restart of the Oi plant.