Court rules against Japanese nuclear restart

Japan’s nuclear restart program has been stalled, with a court halting plans to turn back on two operations in the city of Takahama.

The two reactors had already passed testing by the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA), but the Fukui District Court said the safety standards lacked rationality.

The court was asked to step in by concerned locals who fear Takahama is not strong enough to withstand an earthquake, Reuters reports.

Head of the NRA Shinichi Tanaka said there was no need to revise the department’s regulatory standards.

"I do not feel that we need to immediately change our regulatory standards or the content of the vetting process at this time," Tanaka said.

All of Japan’s 48 nuclear plants were shut down after an earthquake triggered a tsunami in 2011, causing a meltdown at the Fukushima facility.

However Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been pushing for their reopening as the cost of importing oil and gas hurts the Japanese economy.

Before the meltdown nuclear energy produced around 30 per cent of Japan’s power.

Plans last year to restart two reactors near Osaka was also halted by local courts.

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