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Japan nuclear unit shut due to technical problem

TOKYO, May 26 (Reuters) - Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) 9501.T said it manually shut the 784-megawatt No.5 nuclear generator at its Fukushima Daiichi plant, north of Tokyo, on Sunday due to technical trouble.

TEPCO, Japan’s biggest utility, said that part of an emergency cooling system automatically shut down during testing, prompting the manual shutdown of the generator. It added that the radioactivity was contained and there was no danger to the outside environment.

A company spokesman said that TEPCO was checking the cause of the problem, and that a restart has not been scheduled yet.

The shutdown came two days after TEPCO restarted the unit after it was shut down for four months due to a mandatory inspection. (Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori)