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Most Japanese Back Nuclear for First Time Since Fukushima

  • 53% of people believe reactors should restart: Nikkei survey
  • More than two-thirds of country’s reactors remain offline
The Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant.

The Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant.

Photographer: Toru Hanai/Bloomberg
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For the first time in more than a decade, a narrow majority of Japanese now support restarting idled nuclear reactors, according to a poll in the country’s top business newspaper.

The survey result marks the first time since the Fukushima disaster in 2011 that an increasing role for nuclear has been favored. It comes amid surging power prices and warnings of electricity shortages in Tokyo.