Japan restarts nuclear reactor

A nuclear reactor in southwestern Japan resumed operation Thursday, becoming the second unit to restart after the government tightened safety regulations following the 2011 triple reactor meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi complex.

Kyushu Electric Power Co. said it reactivated the No. 2 reactor at its Sendai complex in Kagoshima, about two months after the No. 1 unit at the two-reactor plant began operating under what Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government calls “the world’s toughest” safety rules implemented after the Fukushima disaster.

The first restart in August ended a nearly two-year hiatus in the country’s nuclear power generation, marking Japan’s return to nuclear energy production. PNA/Kyodo