1. POWER UP

    Japan Restarts Nuclear Reactor

    Image #: 18453844    epa03288060 Protesters shout slogans during a large anti-nuclear rally in front of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's official residence, in Tokyo, Japan, 29 June 2012. According to organizers, more than 45,000 people gathered before the prime minister's office to protest against the upcoming restart of reactors at the Oi nuclear power plant.  EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON /LANDOV

    Franck Robichon, EPA / Landov

    Japan’s flipping the switch Sunday on its first nuclear reactor to go back online after a prolonged series of safety checks. Public opinion on the risks involved with nuclear power remains divided, however, and protests Friday drew tens of thousands of people who chanted “No to nuclear restarts”—an unusually public display of discontent in Japan. The country’s 50 nuclear reactors were powered down after the Fukushima disaster, but government officials have since said that nuclear power is necessary to meet the energy needs of modern Japan. “It is a lie that nuclear energy is clean,” one protester said. “After experiencing the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, how can Japan possibly want nuclear power?”

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