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Japan restarts first reactor since Fukushima crisis via Chicago Tribune (Reuters)

TOKYO (Reuters) – Kansai Electric Power Co on Sunday restarted the 1,180-megawatt No. 3 unit at its Ohi atomic plant, the utility said, Japan’s first nuclear reactor to come back online since the Fukushima crisis, despite public safety concerns.

The government on June 16 approved the restart of the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at the Ohi plant to avert a potential summer power crunch, sparking street protests in cities around Japan.

The No.4 unit will resume operations later this month.

Opinion polls have shown around 70 percent of Japanese voters want the country to ditch nuclear power in the long term.

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