07 Jan '12, 10am

Japan plans to scrap nuclear plants after 40 years

Japan plans to scrap nuclear plants after 40 years

This Nov 12, 2011 photo shows a view of the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Japan. Japan said on Friday, Jan 6, 2012 it will soon require atomic reactors to be shut down after 40 years of use to improve safety following the nuclear crisis set off by the Mar 11, 2011 tsunami. -- PHOTO: AP TOKYO (AP) - Japan says it will soon require atomic reactors to be shut down after 40 years of use to improve safety following the nuclear crisis set off by last year's tsunami. Concern about ageing reactors has been growing because the three units at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant in north-eastern Japan that went into meltdown following the tsunami in March were built starting in 1967. Among other reactors at least 40 years old are those at the Tsuruga and Mihama plants in central Japan, which were built starting in 1970. Many more of the 54 reactors in Japan ...

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