Updated: 09/15/2013 16:43 | By Agence France-Presse

Japan begins switching off last working nuclear reactor

Japan began switching off the nation's last working nuclear reactor Sunday for a routine inspection, with no immediate plan to restart it due to to public hostility towards atomic power.


Japan begins switching off last working nuclear reactor

Image taken by TEPCO on September 13, 2013 shows workers preparing to take apart a contamination water tank where radioactive materials were leaked at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Japan began switching off the nation's last working nuclear reactor Sunday for a routine inspection, with no immediate plan to restart it due to to public hostility towards atomic power.

"The work started at 4:40pm (0740 GMT)," said a spokesman for Kansai Electric Power, with the shutdown leaving the world's third largest economy without atomic energy for the second time since the Fukushima crisis erupted in March 2011.

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