SAPPORO – Japan’s sole operating nuclear reactor, the No. 3 unit at Hokkaido Electric Power Co.’s Tomari plant, will be shut down at around 11 p.m. May 5 for a regular inspection, the utility said Wednesday.
The suspension of operations at Tomari will probably result in all 50 of the nation’s commercial reactors remaining idle, as the government is considered to have little chance of winning approval from local governments and residents to restart two reactors in Fukui Prefecture by that time.
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