Japan to Continue Restarting Nuclear Power Plants, Despite Takahama Halt

© REUTERS / Kyodo/FilesAn aerial view shows No. 4 (front L), No. 3 (front R), No. 2 (rear L) and No. 1 reactor buildings at Kansai Electric Power Co.'s Takahama nuclear power plant in Takahama town, Fukui prefecture, in this file photo taken by Kyodo November 27, 2014
An aerial view shows No. 4 (front L), No. 3 (front R), No. 2 (rear L) and No. 1 reactor buildings at Kansai Electric Power Co.'s Takahama nuclear power plant in Takahama town, Fukui prefecture, in this file photo taken by Kyodo November 27, 2014 - Sputnik International
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Tokyo will continue restarting nuclear power plants across the country following strict safety requirements, despite having to halt work at two of Takahama plant reactors, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday.

Takahama nuclear power plant. - Sputnik International
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TOKYO (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, a Japanese court ordered to stop the work of the third reactor and not to resume work at the fourth reactor at the Takahama plant in the Fukui prefecture due to safety concerns of local residents.

"The course for the resumption of work [of nuclear power plants] remains unchanged," Abe said at a press conference, which marked the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

According to Abe, the work of the power plants will be resumed "in accordance with the strictest new global standards."

The Takahama plant was shut down soon after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Three of its nuclear reactors were restarted in January.

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, which occurred on March 11, 2011, was triggered by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and a subsequent tsunami. Before the disaster, nuclear reactors provided almost 30 percent of Japan's power needs.

After Fukushima, all nuclear power plants in Japan were either closed or their operations were suspended.

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