Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Two more Japanese nuclear reactors approved for restart

Japan Times:

Saga Gov. Yoshinori Yamaguchi on Monday approved the restart of two reactors at the Genkai nuclear power plant, with each scheduled to go online as early as this summer.

The decision to clear reactor 3 and 4 at the Kyushu Electric Power Co. facility in the town of Genkai is likely to draw strong reactions from municipalities and residents opposed to their reactivation amid persisting widespread concerns about the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

“After deeply thinking it over, as it was a grave decision to make, I have reached the conclusion that (the restart) is inevitable under the present circumstances,” the governor said at a news conference.

He added, dependence on nuclear power “cannot be helped to some extent” from the standpoint of securing energy supply.

The governor is correct that it simply cannot be helped. Japan has no storehouse of energy resources so they need to diversify their energy mix and that means a certain amount of nuclear power. Slowly but surely economics will overwhelm the opposition to nuclear power in Japan.

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