Japan Restarts Sendai Nuclear Reactor

日本按照新安全标准重启核反应堆
关于日本核电站的谷歌地图

VOA News,August 12, 2015

A Japanese power company restarted a nuclear reactor on Tuesday, the first one to come back online under new safety regulations put in place following the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

Kyushu Electric Power Co. said it expects the reactor at its Sendai facility to be generating power by Friday and be at full capacity by next month.

Japan's nuclear facilities have been shut down for two years to undergo safety checks.  The government wants to bring nuclear power generation back up to producing more than 20 percent of the country's electricity by 2030, but has had to rely on imported fossil fuels while the nuclear facilities were offline.

The majority of the Japanese public opposes bringing the reactors back into service.

Several hundred protesters gathered at the Sendai site Tuesday to express their displeasure, including former Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who was in office during the Fukushima meltdown.

"We cannot predict accidents, that is why accidents happen," Kan said.  "And here all of the necessary precautions to prevent an accident have not been taken."

The Fukushima disaster began with a massive earthquake and tsunami that damaged the nuclear plant and triggered meltdowns at the plant.  The disaster forced more than 100,000 people from their homes.

日本按照新安全标准重启核反应堆

美国之音,2015年8月12日

日本一家发电厂星期二重新开启了一个核反应堆。这是自从2011年发生福岛核电站事故后,第一个在日本采纳新的安全规范后恢复使用的核反应堆。

九州(Kyushu)电力公司表示,位于川内(Sendai)的核设施预计这个星期五以前开始发电,到下个月即可满负荷发电。

日本的核设施因接受安全检查而关闭了两年。日本政府希望在2030年前将核电站的发电量重新提升到全国总发电量的20%以上,但是在核设施被关闭期间不得不依赖进口的石化燃油。

日本民众大多反对重新启用核电站。

星期二,数百名抗议人士聚集在川内发电站以示不满。他们中包括在福岛核电站事故发生时在任的日本前首相菅直人。

他说:“我们不能预见事故,这就是为什么有‘事故’之说。而为了防止事故的所有必要的预防措施这里都没有采取。”

2011年福岛核电站事故的起源是一场大地震和海啸,给核电站带来巨大破坏并导致核燃料外泄。那次灾难性事故迫使10多万民众被迫搬迁。