Fukushima leaks damage Japan’s plans to restart nuclear reactors

A safety team monitors work at the Fukushima plant (photo: dpa)
A safety team monitors work at the Fukushima plant (photo: dpa)

Shinzo Abe’s Liberal-Democratic Party now controls both Japanese Houses of Parliament, but although it is traditionally pro-nuclear, its plans to re-start reactors slowly over the next months have been set back by continuing problems at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Radioactive tritium is flowing into the Pacific Ocean and the plant’s operator has been accused of withholding information.

<i>While Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant, scene of the 2011 disaster, is not completely under control, a return to nuclear power will meet stiff p</i><i>olitical resistance at prefectural and municipal levels. The two reactors currently online will shut down in a few weeks for a regul...

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