Fukushima Nuclear Plant with First Safety Certificate after the Accident

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This initial approval was granted following successful completion of a new safety review.

It caused reactor meltdowns, releasing radiation in the most unsafe nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.

The plant on the coast of the Sea of Japan on the island's west side, consists of five Boiling Water Reactors and two Advanced Boiling Water Reactors - the type represented by KK-6 and KK-7, which have net power capacities of 1,356 megawatts. The Asian Nuclear Regulatory Authority gave a green light for the reboot of the two reactors at Kashivazaki-Kariwa, one of the largest in the world and the largest in Japan.

Similar demonstrations also took place in the vicinity of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa power station in Niigata Prefecture and other places in Japan.

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Before granting a formal approval, the NRA is set to hear public opinions, reported Nikkei. (TEPCO) were cleared Wednesday to restart by Japan's nuclear watchdog.

It has also been said the government may not allow a re-start of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant until Tepco finishes a review of the Fukushima accident, which could run beyond 2020.

Abe's Liberal Democratic Party supports restarts but a new party led by the popular governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, is calling for nuclear power to be phased out, which threatens more trouble for an industry that has struggled ever since Fukushima.

Nuclear power is one of key issues at the October 22 general election in Japan, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe favouring gradual restarts while his main opponent and now Tokyo governor, Yuriko Koike, campaigning to cease nuclear power by 2030.

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"Tepco's plant may not restart for long if the governor sticks to his stance", said Tomomichi Akuta, senior economist at Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting in Tokyo. 4, 2017, a draft certificate for No. 6 and No. 7 reactors at the plant in northern Japan operated by the Tokyo Electric Power Co. under stricter standards set after the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

Radiation from Fukushima forced 160,000 people from their homes, many never to return, and destroyed businesses, fisheries and agriculture.

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