Japan has restarted a 44-year-old nuclear reactor in Fukui Prefecture. The reactor has been silent since the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011. According to Japanese media, it is the first old reactor to activate after the Japanese government set an age limit of 40 years after the disaster. The reopening fits Japans goal of lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
fatal accident occurred in 2004 in the nuclear reactor. Hot water and steam leaked from a pipe, resulting in five deceased employees and six injured people.
According to the government, the reactor has now passed all safety tests. But not everyone is confident about that; for example, local residents have asked for a ban in a local court. A Japanese nuclear scientist, Tatsujiro Suzuki, expresses doubts about the transparency of safety tests to Reuters news agency. “It seems that industry and government have not learned lessons from Fukushima,” says Suzuki, who is also in a nuclear advisory group.
Japan previously set the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 46% by 2030 compared to 2013, and Japan is expected to open more nuclear power plants to meet that target.