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March 10, 2016

Japan court orders KEPCO to shut two nuclear reactors in Takahama

A court in Japan had ordered Kansai Electric Power Company (KEPCO) to suspend two of its nuclear reactors in Takahama, Western Japan, following complaints from local residents about plant safety.

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A court in Japan had ordered Kansai Electric Power Company (KEPCO) to suspend two of its nuclear reactors in Takahama, Western Japan, following complaints from local residents about plant safety.

This order from Otsu District Court comes ahead of the fifth anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Fakushima nuclear facility and large areas of Japan.

Following the court verdict, KEPCO stated that it conducted a thorough examination of power supply and demand, as well as of the organisational structure to safely shut reactors.

"Following the court verdict, KEPCO stated that it conducted a thorough examination of power supply and demand."

Takahama’s units 3 and 4 were KEPCO’s first units that cleared all the new safety requirements that took effect on 8 July 2013.

Japan is planning to shutdown all its nuclear facilities after the catastrophic accident at the Fukushima nuclear facility in 2011.

However, some nuclear plants have been given permission to restart despite public concerns. The latest ruling becomes the first against an operating nuclear facility. The company intends to appeal the ruling.

Nuclear reactors in Sendai have been able to restart operations under new safety rules.


Image: Takahama’s units 3 and 4 were KEPCO’s first units that cleared all the new safety requirements that took effect on 8 July 2013. Photo: Courtesy of Hirorinmasa/Wikipedia.

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