Japan Resumes Nuclear Power for First Time Since Meltdown

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Japan's Prime Minister ordered two of the countries nuclear reactors to resume operations on Saturday, the first time the country's used any of its 50 working nuclear reactors since the meltdown in Fukushima. Despite public outcry and uncertainty over the country's nuclear future since Fukushima, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda made the call to deal with high energy demands expected over the summer. The reactors being turned on fuel Japan's second-largest urban area, which includes Osaka and Kyoto. The company that operates the reactors, Kansai Electric Power, expected, "demand for electricity would exceed supply by about 15 percent during the summer." The mayor of Osaka, Toru Hashimoto, has said he's concerned about the safety of the plant being turned on, and that he wishes it be deactivated at the end of the peak summer period. 

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