Japan’s Nuclear Quandary » An aerial view shows Kyushu Electric Power’s Genkai nuclear power plant, in Genkai town, Saga Prefecture
An aerial view shows Kyushu Electric Power’s Genkai nuclear power plant, in Genkai town, Saga Prefecture, in this picture taken by Kyodo on June 9, 2011. The Japanese government moved closer on Wednesday to securing approval from local authorities to restart the first of 35 nuclear reactors shut for regular maintenance or kept idle since the March earthquake and tsunami. Japan’s trade and energy minister, undeterred by several dozen anti-nuclear protesters urging him to go home, tried to persuade local governments in the southern Saga prefecture that it was safe to restart nuclear reactors shut since a deadly natural disaster struck the country’s northeast on March 11. The reactors (clockwise from top) No.4, No.3, No.1 and No.2 reactors are seen in this photo. Picture taken June 9, 2011. MANDATORY CREDIT.
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