Japanese court rules against nuclear restart

TOKYO – A Japanese court ruled against allowing the restart of a nuclear power plant west of Tokyo on Wednesday, NHK Television said, the first time that anti-nuclear plaintiffs have successfully sued to shut down a reactor in more than four decades of atomic power in the country.

The court in Fukui prefecture ruled against allowing Kansai Electric Power Co to restart reactors at its Ohi nuclear plant. Plaintiffs were seen on television celebrating the court victory. Ohi, like all of Japan's nuclear plants, has been idled for safety checks in the wake of the 2011 disaster at Tokyo Electric Power Co's Fukushima Daiichi plant pending safety checks.

The court ruling is likely to be another spanner in the works for the return to operations of reactors, with the safety checks bogged down by paperwork and disputes over interpreting new guidelines.

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