Japan returns to nuclear power generation

Japan returns to nuclear power generation

In August this year, the Sendai nuclear plant restarted one of the facility’s reactors, marking Japan’s return to nuclear power generation.

After restarting Sendai-1, the first of the 43 operable reactors in the country, the rest are expected to restart in the coming months or years. Pushing for a return to nuclear energy, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the nuclear share target at 22% to 24% of the country’s energy mix by 2030.

The above-mentioned facts confirm Japan’s bid on this type of energy after the shutdown of all nuclear plants completed two years ago, following the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

The restart of a reactor that had been shut down was seen in other countries too, although the massive impact of the meltdown in Japan was not experienced anywhere else.

The Japanese Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) said utmost precautions would be taken for the return to nuclear power generation. Established in 2012, NRA introduced really strict new safety standards, including a number of alternative sources of energy and measures against the risk of earthquakes and tsunamis.

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