The Fukushima disaster, the worst nuclear accident in the world in a quarter century, prompted the gradual shutdown of all Japan’s nuclear reactors until there were none left operating in May 2012, leaving the country without atomic power for the first time since 1970.
That could force Japan to import even more fossil fuels for power generation, adding to an onerous energy bill that helped push the country into a record trade deficit in 2012.
“It is unlikely that any of the idled reactors will re-start prior to September due to ongoing investigations of seismic issues at certain plants and due to the fact that safety standards have still not been finalised by the Nuclear Regulation Authority,” said Tom O’Sullivan, a Tokyo-based energy consultant.
“Local approvals will also be necessary for re-starts, adding a further layer of complication,” he said.
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