Japan has started to switch off its last working nuclear reactor on Sunday. The reason for stopping the reactor is a scheduled inspection with no precise restart date due to public resistance against atomic energy.
Japan had only two nuclear reactors working out of 50 in the last 2.5 years. However, the country managed to meet electricity demand during all this time.
It is the second time when Japan is left without atomic energy since the nuclear accident at Fukushima power plant in March 2011.
Despite Shinzo Abe’s public support for the use of nuclear energy, most of the Japanese have largely opposed to it due to the serious accidents and radioactive leaks that have occurred at Fukushima during the last two-and-a-half years.
Kansai Electric Power will gradually take offline the No. 4 reactor at its Oi nuclear plant in Fukui prefecture in western Japan, according to the international press.
Japan was previously without any nuclear energy in May 2012, when all of the country’s 50 commercial reactors had stopped for scheduled checkups, with utilities unable to restart them due to public opposition.