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Japan without nuclear power as of May 5

Japan will be deprived of nuclear energy after the arrest of the third reactor at the Tomari Nuclear Power Plant (Hokkaido, north), scheduled on May 5.

Until the accident at the nuclear plant in Fukushima, in March 2011, nuclear energy accounted for nearly a third of the country’s energy supplies. The Japanese technologies in this area were ranked among the best in the world.

The safety rules were changed after the accident. Last summer, the stress tests of nuclear power plants have become a prerequisite for the launch of reactors disabled for maintenance.

Despite stringent standards, no reactor has been restarted in March 2011 due to opposition from local people. Japanese authorities gave the green light to restart reactors 3 and 4 of the Central Ooi but residents and environmentalists oppose it.

In this context, Japan is considering including the construction of a pipeline linking the country to Russia.

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