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Japan court rules against nuclear restart in rare win for activists

Published on May 21, 2014 8:29 PM
 
Protesters carry a banner saying "No to restarting the nuclear power plant!" during an anti-nuclear demonstration in Tokyo on March 15, 2014. A Japanese court on Wednesday ruled against restarting a nuclear power plant in a rare victory for anti-nuclear activists after the Fukushima disaster, and dealing a blow to government efforts to end a nationwide nuclear freeze. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (REUTERS) - A Japanese court on Wednesday ruled against restarting a nuclear power plant in a rare victory for anti-nuclear activists after the Fukushima disaster, and dealing a blow to government efforts to end a nationwide nuclear freeze.

The ruling against the restart of a western power station run by Kansai Electric Power Co was a scathing critique of the Japanese nuclear industry's risk management, but does not block a restart under Japanese law as it is not a final ruling.

The utility, the country's second-largest, which supplies electricity to a key manufacturing region, said it would appeal the ruling against restarting reactors 3 and 4 at the Ohi nuclear plant in Fukui prefecture, 500 km west of Tokyo.

All 48 of Japan's nuclear reactors have been idled for safety checks after an earthquake and tsunami triggered triple meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power Co's Fukushima Daiichi plant, forcing more than 150,000 residents to evacuate. Japan faces the unprecedented task of decommissioning all three of the destroyed reactors in the coming decades.

 
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