Japan to bring 50 reactors back online

JAPAN’S government yesterday approved bringing the country’s nuclear reactors back online for the first time since last year’s earthquake and tsunami led to a nationwide shutdown.

The decision, which goes against wider public opinion that is opposed to nuclear power after Fukushima, paves the way for a power company in western Japan to immediately begin work to restart two reactors in Ohi town, a process that is expected to take several weeks.

Despite lingering safety concerns, the restart could speed the resumption of operations at more reactors across the country.

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All Japan’s 50 nuclear reactors are offline for maintenance or safety checks.