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    Japan Restarts First Nuclear Reactor Since Fukushima Quake
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    An employee of the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) checks an impervious wall made of steel pipe sheet pile installed along the coast to block radiation contaminated water from escaping into the sea at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013.

    A power plant operator in southern Japan has restarted a reactor, the first to begin operating under new safety requirements following the Fukushima disaster.

    Kyushu Electric Power Co. said Tuesday it had restarted the No. 1 reactor at its Sendai nuclear plant as planned. The restart marks Japan's return to nuclear energy four-and-half-years after the 2011 meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan following an earthquake and tsunami.

    The disaster displaced more than 100,000 people due to radioactive contamination in the area and spurred a national debate over this resource-scarce country's reliance on nuclear power.

    The Nuclear Regulation Authority affirmed the safety of the Sendai reactor and another one at the plant last September under stricter safety rules imposed after the 2011 accident.