Japan shuts down last nuclear reactor

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

After the sharp spike in radiation levels at the damaged Fukushima nuclear reactor, Japan began planning for an ice wall to shield the ocean from the toxic spills pouring into it. Now that Tokyo has been chosen as the host for 2020 Summer Olympics, Japan is trying to ease public concerns both at home and worldwide about their unstable nuclear reactors. Ever since the Great East Japan Earthquake, several nuclear reactors have been dangerously unstable. The last functioning one, Reactor 4 at Ohi in western Japan, will no longer generate electricity as of early Monday. Japan will be without nuclear power until December, which is significant because these energy centers provide about 30% of Japanese power. This is the longest nationwide shut-down since the 1960s, but after six months, experts predict all the safety checks will be completed. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would like to see them come back online, in order to help turn the troubled economy around.

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