Japan’s Kyushu Electric Power Co on Friday said it restarted a reactor at its Genkai plant, the fifth nuclear power station in the country to get cleared under new safety regulations imposed after the Fukushima disaster. The move signals that Japan’s return to nuclear power – criticized by some as too slow but still opposed by a majority in opinion polls – is gathering pace. The country may have as many as eight reactors operating by early June, representing 20 percent of available units. All of the restarted reactors are located in western Japan, far from the northeast coast where Tokyo Electric Power Co’s Fukushima Daiichi station had three reactor meltdowns after an earthquake and tsunami knocked out power and cooling, causing 160,000 people to flee, many of them never to return.
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