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Fukushima Watch: No Reactors, Fewer Jobs? via The Wall Street Journal

Japan may have fired up its first nuclear reactor since the Fukushima Daiichi accident, but the debate over the restarts rumbles on. While safety issues and potential power shortages have dominated the debate so far, another less-discussed issue is the potential impact on employment of trying to keep most or all of the nation’s 50 reactors offline.

Local communities hosting nuclear plants typically view them as a major source of employment. Toshie Igari, the head of the Tomioka town assembly in Fukushima Prefecture, said in April 2011 that as many as two in three people in the town would lose their jobs without the nearby nuclear plants.

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