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The last operating reactor in Japan has shut down.

Hokkaido Electric Power, which runs the plant, said they started inserting control rods at 5pm that would halt the chain reaction and bring the reactor to “cold shutdown” sometime on Monday.

The Tomari unit 3 reactor owned by Hokkaido Electric was to go into shutdown Saturday May 5th leaving no reactors operating in Japan.  The national government and the nuclear power industry have been claiming the lack of nuclear power will cause blackouts and shortages as summer approaches. Meanwhile other estimates show Japan may have enough power in all regions to cover the normal need including spikes caused by heat waves.

With all reactors in Japan shut down and major issues surrounding restarts, it remains to be seen if Japan will remain nuclear free and for how long.

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