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Japan’s Last Nuclear Reactor to Go Off-line: Nation faces electricity shortfalls if nuclear power is not restored

Editor's Note: This is part of the IEEE Spectrum special report: Fukushima and the Future of Nuclear Power . Photo: Kyodo/Reuters Lights Out: Hokkaido Electric Power Company's Tomari nuclear power plant is scheduled to shut down this week. When that's done, Japan's will have no nuclear power feeding its grid. Click on image to enlarge. 2 May 2012—Japan’s last operating nuclear reactor, Hokkaido Electric Power Co.’s No. 3 unit, at its Tomari plant in northern Japan, will shut down for a scheduled inspection on 5 May. This will leave Japan without any nuclear-generated power, something that hasn’t happened since the nation’s first commercial plant went on line in 1966. Japan has 54 reactors. Aside from the four damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi reactors and several others out of service over safety concerns, the rest lie idle as they undergo government-ordered stress tests —a manda...

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