The Independent Assessment of Nuclear Developments in the World

Accueil > News > Essential News > Japan : Second Ohi Reactor Restart

Japan : Second Ohi Reactor Restart

jeudi 19 juillet 2012

On 18 July 2012 at 21h00, Kansai Electric Power Company (KEPCO) began the restart procedure of its Ohi-4 reactor. Criticality was reached in the morning of 19 July with grid connection expected for 21 July. This reactor reactivation is the second after grid connection of Ohi-3 on 5 July since all Japanese nuclear power plants were progressively shut down after 3/11. The restart was decided in spite of unprecedented protests in the country and a peak load in Kansai area 9% to over 20% lower compared to pre-3/11 year 2010. On 16 July an estimated 170,000 people demonstrated in Tokyo against the reopening of reactors and for the abandoning of nuclear power. Tens of thousands of people have been gathering every Friday in Tokyo for the past weeks to protest the government’s nuclear policy.

What They Say…

“The Report sets forth in painstaking detail the actual experience and achievements of nuclear energy around the world.”

Peter A. Bradford

Former commissioner
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
(in his foreword to the 2013 report)
“A vital public service... Uniquely independent, thorough, and timely assessment."

Amory B. Lovins

Chairman, Rocky Mountain Institute
“This annual publication has over 20 years evolved into the most reliable, strikingly original, comprehensive and penetrating assessment of the global nuclear industry.”

Praful Bidwai

Financial Chronicle
Delhi, India
"Amid the hype and PR, the smoke and mirrors, of the 'nuclear renaissance', the Status Report offers a hard-edged reality check."

Walt Patterson

Associate Fellow Chatham House
London, UK
“Fantastic piece of work. Must reading for any observer of nuclear energy."

Henri Sokolski

Executive Director Nonproliferation Policy Education Center
Washington DC, USA
“Reliable research based on cold, hard facts, unlike the hype and amnesia of industry sources.”

Scott Ludlam

“Félicitations pour la dernière édition du WNISR. Formidable comme d'habitude!”

Fulcieri Maltini

International Consultant Former Director of the Nuclear Safety Account, EBRD
“Thought-provoking as usual.”

Will Dalrymple

Editor Nuclear Engineering International
"The authoritative report on the status of nuclear power plants worldwide is the World Nuclear Industry Status Report."


Bangkok, Thailand
“Such an illuminating report.”

Sam Geall

Deputy Editor China Dialogue
London, UK
"An astounding collection of facts and figures, a myth-busting international overview… An eye-opening piece of work!"

R. Andreas Krämer

Chairman Ecologic Institute
Berlin, Germany
“I really appreciate you letting us excerpt your report! It’s incredibly well researched and comprehensive, so thank you!”

Stuart Luman

Associate Editor Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists