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Anxious Japan prepares for life without nuclear power

This weekend Japan will begin a bold experiment in energy use that no one had thought possible – until the Fukushima Daiichi power plant suffered a triple meltdown just over a year ago.

On Saturday, when the Hokkaido electric power company shuts down the No3 reactor at its Tomari plant for maintenance, the world’s third-largest economy will be without a single working nuclear reactor for the first time for almost 50 years.

The closure of the last of Japan’s 54 reactors marks a dramatic shift in energy policy, but while campaigners prepare to celebrate, the nationwide nuclear blackout comes with significant economic and environmental risks attached.

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South Korea starts building two Nuclear reactors

South Korea started construction work on two nuclear reactors on Friday in what President Lee Myung-bak described as a “big milestone” in the country’s atomic industry, Yonhap news agency reported.

South Korea currently has 21 reactors, with 12 more scheduled to come into operation by 2022.

President Lee attended the ceremony at the Uljin power plant, 315 km southeast of Seoul, for the two 1,400-megawatt reactors, which will be built using solely domestically-made components.

Seoul is realising its dream of building nuclear reactors without using foreign technology, Lee said.

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