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Hundreds in Tokyo protest Japan's decision to restart nuclear plant
ABC Radio Australia - November 8, 2014
The decision paves the way for a revival of the stalled nuclear industry more than three years after the Fukushima disaster. Two reactors will restart at the Sendai nuclear plant, 1,000 kilometres south-west of Tokyo.
It represented a victory for Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, who said the shutdown of the nuclear industry led to an over-reliance on imported and costly fossil fuels.
But the move sparked protests and critics said proper safety and evacuation plans were not yet in place.
The host community around the Sendai plant welcomed the move and said they were desperate for jobs and money. Other communities said they did not want the plant. They had remade their future in agriculture and warned there were many active volcanoes in the area.
The Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan led to massive radiation leaks and the evacuation of 300,000 people and the eventual shutdown of the entire nuclear industry.
The Sendai reactors were likely to be switched on early next year after final safety checks.