Regional authorities in Japan have approved the restart of the idle nuclear power plant at Sendai, paving the way for a revival of the nuclear industry three years after it was shut down in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.

The southern Kagoshima prefecture has voted to back a move by a local township to restart the two-reactor Sendai plant.

Anti-nuclear protesters who had crowded into the hall were not shy in making their opposition known, waving banners with the word “no” written in large letters as they uttered howls of protest from the public gallery.

They did not manage to prevent 38 of the assembly’s 47 members from voting in favour.

They did manage to drown out the region’s pro-nuclear governor, who struggled to make himself heard above the din.

“With regards to the Sendai nuclear plant reactors 1 and 2, I take seriously the prefectural assembly’s decision to approve the petition to restart and believe that their intent to restart has been shown,” Yuichiro Ito said, though few in the chamber heard his words.


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