Japan Turns Off Last Nuclear Reactor Amid Fears of Surge in Gas Prices
From The Guardian
By Phillip Inman & Terry Macalister
Kansai Electric Power’s only functioning reactor was scheduled to be disconnected from the power grid and then shut for planned maintenance, ending hopes that an industry that until three years ago provided 30% of the electricity to power the world’s third largest economy would stage a quick recovery.
Continuing problems at the Fukushima plant, where radioactive water has continued to spill into the sea, and a reluctance by voters to back what looks like a badly managed industry, have led to more than 50 nuclear plants being closed, sending Japanese imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) back to levels last seen after the 2011 tsunami.
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