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Japan Reactor Restart Signals Latest Step in Nuclear Rebirth

  • Local court challenges threatening other atomic restarts
  • Abe government pushing to get more nuclear power back online
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Japan Restarts a Fifth Nuclear Reactor

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Japan took another step to re-establish its nuclear industry on Friday as a utility on the island of Shikoku restarted the nation’s fifth reactor under new safety rules enacted after the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

Shikoku Electric Power Co. resumed operations of the No. 3 reactor at its Ikata facility in Ehime prefecture Friday at 9 a.m. local time, the company said in a statement. Power output is expected by Aug. 15, and the reactor is seen entering commercial operations by the beginning of September. Local court challenges threaten reactor operations in other parts of the country, and even those that have already been turned back on have faced a rocky road.