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Japan closing final nuclear reactor

(AFP)
Filed on May 5, 2012
Japan closing final nuclear reactor

A Japanese power firm on Saturday began switching off the country’s last working reactor, a spokesman said, leaving it without nuclear power just over a year after the world’s worst atomic accident in a quarter of a century.


As technicians took the initial step to close down the No. 3 unit at Tomari in Hokkaido, the debate over whether Japan needs nuclear power has been reignited, amid increasingly shrill warnings of summer power blackouts.





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