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Japan's KEPCO to shutdown its last nuclear reactor

(Xinhua)

08:15, February 21, 2012

TOKYO, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- Japan's Kansai Electric Power Company (KEPCO) is going to shutdown its last nuclear reactor for a regular check, the No. 3 reactor at Takahama nuclear plant in Fukui, central Japan, late on Monday afternoon.

KEPCO said that the shutdown operation would be completed by Tuesday morning. With this shutdown, there are only 2 operating commercial reactors remained out of 54 all over Japan.

According to the local media, the remaining two reactors, the No. 6 reactor at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant in Niigata Prefecture will be offline on March 26. The No. 3 reactor at Hokkaido Electric Power Co.'s Tomari plant in Hokkaido will be suspended in late April, both for regular maintenance.

KEPCO called on the houses and companies in the region to cut down 10 percent of their power suing than last year for the reactor suspension.

The Japanese government will ultimately decide on whether to resume the reactors which are being checked, but it also needs the approval of the local governments where the reactors locate in.

The local governments are urging the central government to set new safety standard for nuclear power plant based on the investigations on the nuclear cries last March.

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