Gallery: Japan to Shut Down Last Operating Nuclear Reactor on May 6th


For the first time in a generation, Japan is set to go nuclear-free next month. Nuclear energy has suffered a serious blow to its public image since the March 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, and Japanese authorities have been cautious about restarting idled nuclear plants. Over the weekend, Japan’s Trade Minister Yukio Edano indicated that on May 6 the last operating nuclear reactor in the country is set to be taken offline, meaning that for the first time since 1970, Japan will be getting zero energy from nuclear power plants.

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  1. Hyncharas April 18, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    I find it amusing that the US government believes itself the end-all-be-all to save other countries from changes to their societies’ infrastructure… no.

    For almost three years the Japanese have been working on a Thorium-based solution, and even if they don’t use that, there are those plans for mass-solar sites.

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