Japan inches back to nuclear power

After a total shutdown of nuclear power generation across the country following the Fukushima disaster, Japan is cautiously resuming its nuclear power program.

Two nuclear plants went back online in July, and the recent victory of the pro-nuclear Liberal Democratic Party has the nuclear industry hoping more will switch back on in 2013, according to a report in The Japan Times. However, the nuclear revival comes amid profound skepticism from a wary public. Utilities eager to restart dormant plants are encouraged by current trends but “the nuclear industry is not necessarily optimistic,” the paper reports.

“The point is whether the nuclear industry can show how deeply it regrets the Fukushima accident and how far it will change itself,” said Takuya Hattori, president of the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum and a former executive of the Tokyo Electric Power Co.

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