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Shutdown of Japan’s Last Nuclear Reactor Raises Power Concerns

Japan’s last operating nuclear reactor was halted for maintenance yesterday, leaving the country nuclear free for the first time since July 2012 and prompting concerns about power availability this winter.

Kansai Electric Power Co., which powers Japan’s second-biggest metropolitan area, halted the Number 4 reactor at its Ohi plant at 11 p.m. yesterday, according to a faxed statement. Ohi’s Number 3 reactor was idled earlier this month.