16 Oct '15, 2pm

Japan restarts second nuclear reactor since Fukushima disaster amid public disapproval

Japan restarts second nuclear reactor since Fukushima disaster amid public disapproval

first post-Fukushima reactor was restarted this August, leaving local residents nervous about potential dangers. It’s been four years since the quake-spurred tsunami triggered Fukushima reactors to meltdown and spread radiation throughout the region, forcing over 150,000 people from their homes and leaving lasting impacts on the area and even in the West . Despite public outrage, the Japanese government continues to push to restart nuclear reactors to cut energy costs. Prior to the 2011 disaster, around 30 percent of the nation’s power came from nuclear power plants. When Japan forced all 50 of its nuclear reactors to shut down in 2013, the landscape of energy in the country changed, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has argued that atomic energy is key to stabilizing Japan’s economy.

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