Japan to go nuclear-free during safety checks
TOKYO (AFP) - Japan will go without nuclear power for a period starting September when its only two operating reactors are shut down for mandatory safety checks, a utility company said on Wednesday.
Kansai Electric Power, which runs both reactors at the Oi nuclear plant in western Japan, said the units will go offline on Sept 2 and 15 respectively for an indefinite duration.
The country's 50 nuclear reactors were shuttered after an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 caused meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear plant in north-east Japan, fuelling widespread public opposition to a once-trusted technology.
The two Oi reactors resumed operation in July last year while two other units at the same plant have remained offline for safety checks.