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Japan shuts down nuclear reactor

Friday, May 13, 2011 - 01:26

May 13 - Chubu Electric Power begins shutting down its Hamaoka nuclear reactors, the closest to Tokyo in Shizuoka prefecture, according to Japanese government request. Sunita Rappai reports.

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This is the Hamaoka nuclear plant - the reactor closest to Japan's capital Tokyo. On Friday, the plant began a temporary shutdown after an unprecedented request by prime minister Naoto Kan. The reason? The plant's lack of defences against major earthquakes and tsunamis. With the country still recovering from the devastating earthquake of two months ago, the Japanese government is now taking no chances. SOUNDBITE (Japanese) JAPANESE TRADE MINISTER BANRI KAIEDA SAYING: "Accidents should never happen and we will do all we can to ensure that accidents don't happen." Reporters watch as Chubu Electric Power, the operator of the Hamaoka nuclear plant, shuts down the 1,137 megawatt No 4 reactor. The company will shut its 1380 megawatt No 5 reactor on Saturday. The No 1 and No 2 reactors are being decommissioned and the remaining No 3 reactor has been shut for maintenance since November. Kan said there is an 87 percent chance of a major earthquake within the next 30 years that will strike the area where the Hamaoka nuclear reactor is situated in. Sunita Rappai, Reuters

Japan shuts down nuclear reactor

Friday, May 13, 2011 - 01:26

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