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Only one nuclear reactor working in Japan

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Japan is a step closer to being nuclear free after shutting down its second last functioning reactor.

The temporary closure of the Kashiwazaki Kariwa plant is part of a nationwide maintenance programme, but it has raised concerns about possible electricity shortages in the coming months.

Japan’s 54 reactors have been progressively shut down for stress tests in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster. But experts are still reviewing the results of those tests and have not yet said when they can be restarted.

The country remains deeply scarred by the Fukushima nuclear crisis and many want the reactors to stay shut down for good. Japan has turned to older fossil fuel power stations to meet its energy needs, but some analysts warn of possible blackouts in the summer.

However, in the face of ongoing public hostility to nuclear power, the authorities are unwilling to rush into any decisions on restarting the reactors.