A Japanese court on Thursday ordered the suspension of the Tokai No. 2 nuclear power plant amid persisting public safety concerns over nuclear power generation 10 years after the Fukushima Daiichi accident.
In a civil lawsuit at the Mito District Court, residents of Ibaraki and surrounding prefectures demanded that Japan Atomic Power Co. stop operation of the power plant in the eastern Japan prefecture.
The Tokai No. 2 plant, which started commercial operation in 1978, has remained idle as the utility is working to meet stricter regulations set after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Japan Atomic Power, an electricity wholesaler focusing only on nuclear plants, is seeking to restart the Tokai plant by December 2022, after gaining approval for the extension of operations beyond the preliminary 40-year limit in November 2018.
Nuclear reactors are allowed to run for 40 years in Japan but can be approved for an additional 20-year period by the nuclear watchdog.