Security guards at Sendai nuclear plant in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, on Aug. 10, 2015, a day before restart of the No.1 reactor (source: dpa)

Energy: Reactor restarts but storage solution still needed

Four years after the Fukushima Daiichi accident, and two years after the last operating reactor was shut down, Japan has ended the nuclear-free era by restarting the No. 1 reactor of the Sendai nuclear power station in Kagoshima on August 11 2015. But the government remains nervous about public reaction.

From the point of view of the nuclear village - Japan's powerful network of pro-nuclear politicians, elite bureaucrats, utility and industrial executives, academics and journalists - both the location and the time were well chosen: The plant is located about 1,000 km southwest of Tokyo, on the rugged west coast of the island of Kyushu. And it is hardly a coincidence that the reactor w...

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Dr. Stefan Lippert
Regardless of the government's proposed energy mix, the future of nuclear energy in Japan is limited by the lack of additional storage space for nuclear waste
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