Japan restarts Oi nuclear plant despite mass protests — Digital Journal

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Washington – Despite massive protests in Tokyo, Japan’s Kansai Electric Power Company (KEPCO) has restarted the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui prefecture. Seismologists warn of the dangers.

After being nuclear-free for two months, Japan’s Oi nuclear power plant is up and running. This is the first nuclear site to go back online since Japan shut down the last of the country’s nuclear reactors in May this year, over security concerns. …

Lawmakers’ group identifies Japan’s most dangerous nuclear reactors — Asahi Shimbun

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The No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at Fukui Prefecture’s Oi nuclear power plant are the most dangerous in Japan, according to a cross-party group of lawmakers opposed to nuclear power.

Genpatsu Zero no Kai (Group for zero nuclear power), made up of nine politicians from seven political parties, ranked the threat posed by the nation’s 50 reactors on a 10-point scale. …

NRA ranks radiation leak at lab as Level 1 — Kyodo

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The Nuclear Regulation Authority on Monday provisionally evaluated the severity of last week’s leak of radioactive substances at a Japan Atomic Energy Agency laboratory in the village of Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture, as Level 1, within the bottom tier of the 7-scale international gauge.

The nuclear watchdog said the biggest factor in the rating was “the lack of safety culture.” …

Frightened to return: A Fukushima father’s story — The Independent

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Like most fathers, Yoji Fujimoto frets about the health of his young children. In addition to normal parental concerns about the food they eat, the air they breathe and the environment they will inherit, however, he must add one more: the radioactive fallout from a nuclear disaster. …