Japan to re-open first nuclear reactors after Fukushima

The damaged Fukushim Daichi nuclear plant Credit: REUTERS/DigitalGlobe/Handout

Japan has approved the restarting of two nuclear reactors reactors despite mass public opposition. They will be the first to come back on line after they were all shut down following the Fukushima crisis.

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has backed the restarts for some time, despite public concerns over safety after the big earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima plant.

Anti-nuclear campaigners fear it could open the door to more restarts among Japan's 50 nuclear power reactors, which formerly provided around a third of Japan's electricity demand.