Japan again getting electricity from nuclear energy
Kansai Electric Power's Ohi nuclear plant began generating electricity on Thursday.
July 5th, 2012
02:13 AM ET

Japan again getting electricity from nuclear energy

Japan was once again getting electricity from nuclear power on Thursday after two months as a nuclear-free nation.

Unit No. 3 at Kansai Electric Power Co. Ohi nuclear plant began generating power at 7 a.m., according to a report from broadcaster NHK.

The process of restarting the reactor had begun Sunday night.

The reactor will provide electricity to western Japan - which includes Osaka, Japan's second-biggest city.

Ohi's No. 4 reactor is scheduled to resume operations by July 24.

All 50 commercial nuclear reactors in Japan have been offline since May 5 for safety checks in the wake of the meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant after last year's devastating earthquake and tsunami. The government has been conducting simulation tests for restarting its nuclear reactors in response to public concerns.

Before the March 2011 nuclear disaster, Japan had relied on nuclear energy for about 30% of its electricity needs, according to government figures.

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  1. 0rangeW3dge

    Cyndi Lauper said it best: "Money Changes Everything"

    July 5, 2012 at 3:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. krozar

    Need to look into thorium reactors.

    July 5, 2012 at 3:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Thor

    I would hope that the people who comment here, will do so from a qualified and learned sort of background. Hysterical comments and heresay are never constructive. I wonder if that can be maintained here?

    July 5, 2012 at 6:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Billy

    Thor, what kind of qualifications are you requiring?

    July 5, 2012 at 7:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Pete

    See,just goes to show nuclear energy is cleary safer than anything else,especially when there's nothing else to compare it to ,right.Beats reading in the dark ,no air conditioning,rotting food from no refrigerators,OK!!

    July 5, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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