"Japan Approves 2 Reactor Restarts, More Seen Ahead"

"TOKYO -- Japan on Saturday approved the resumption of nuclear power operations at two reactors despite mass public opposition, the first to come back on line after they were all shut down following the Fukushima crisis."

"Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, his popularity ratings sagging, had backed the restarts for some time. He announced the government's decision at a meeting with key ministers, giving the go-ahead to two reactors operated by Kansai Electric Power Co at Ohi in western Japan.

The decision, despite public concerns over safety after the big earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima plant, could open the door to more restarts among Japan's 50 nuclear power reactors.

'There is no such thing as a perfect score when it comes to disaster prevention steps,' Trade Minister Yukio Edano told a news conference after the announcement."

Linda Sieg and Kiyoshi Takenaka report for Reuters June 16, 2012.

SEE ALSO:

"Fukushima Evacuees, Citizens Groups Vexed By Oi Restart Decision" (Asahi Shimbun)

"Japanese Mayors Protest Restart of Nuclear Power Plant" (ENS)

"Japan To Get New Atomic Regulatory Body Within Three Months" (Reuters)

"Japan Public Still Divided as 2 Reactors to Be Opened" (New York Times)

Source: Reuters, 06/18/2012