Japan goes nuclear-free as last reactor switched off for inspection
TOKYO (AFP) - Japan went nuclear-free on Monday after switching off its last operating reactor for inspection, and the local media said a restart of any reactors is unlikely at least until early next year.
Kansai Electric Power took offline the No. 4 reactor at its Oi Nuclear Plant in the western prefecture of Fukui at 1.33am "without any problems", said a company official.
The move left the world's third-largest economy without atomic energy to generate electricity for the second time since the Fukushima nuclear crisis erupted in March 2011.
Nuclear power supplied about one-third of the resource-poor nation's electricity before a tsunami knocked out cooling systems and sparked meltdowns at Fukushima, causing tens of thousands to flee their homes.