Court orders shutdown of Japanese nuclear reactor

Published: Wednesday 9th March 2016 by The News Editor

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A court has issued an unprecedented order for a nuclear reactor in western Japan to stop operating and for a second one to stay offline.

Otsu District Court said the emergency response plans and equipment designs at the two reactors have not been sufficiently upgraded despite the 2011 Fukushima crisis.

The order requires Kansai Electric Power Co to shut down the No 3 reactor immediately and keep No 4 offline at the Takahama plant in Fukui prefecture, home to about a dozen reactors.

The two reactors restarted this year after a high court in December reversed an earlier injunction by another court.

The decision reflects Japan’s divided views on nuclear safety and leaves only two of the country’s 43 reactors in operation.

Published: Wednesday 9th March 2016 by The News Editor

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