One of Japan’s two remaining working nuclear reactors was taken offline Tuesday, September 3, with Kansai Electric Power’s other to be shut down on Sept 15. There are no restarts in sight amid public hostility to nuclear power. The shutdown was aimed at allowing the operator to be ready for inspections legally mandated within 13 months of the start of commercial operation. The reactor is one of the only two still generating power in Japan. The other one, Unit No. 4 at Oi, is to be switched off on September 15. The two reactors were restarted in July 2012 after passing safety tests, ending a brief period in which no atomic power was generated in Japan. They were the only units to be brought back online after undergoing such tests in the aftermath of the disaster in March 2011 at Fukushima.
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