Japanese Power-Cut Alert Sparks Fears of Nuclear Comeback

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"Millions of Japanese homes are bracing for a long, hot summer after Japan's government warned a shortage of electricity generation could lead to mandatory power cuts."

Irish Times.com, David McNeill

Millions of Japanese homes are bracing for a long, hot summer after Japan's government warned a shortage of electricity generation could lead to mandatory power cuts.

Critics say the threat is a ploy to force the restart of the nation’s idling nuclear power plants. With all 54 reactors shut down or destroyed, the authorities could be forced to demand a reduction in power usage of 20% in western Japan—an area that includes the huge Osaka region, home to nearly nine million people—said a government draft document this week.

The last of the reactors went offline for routine maintenance on May 5, triggering the start of a debate over the country's nuclear future. Nuclear power accounted for about a third of Japan’s energy before last year’s triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. . .View Full Article

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