Protesters gathered together at the gate of a nuclear power plant set to resume Sunday. For the first time, after the last year's earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, it shut down for maintenance and safety of the residents residing within 20 km.
Last month, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda ordered the restarts of reactors No. 3 and nearby No.4,saying people's living standards can't be maintained without nuclear energy. Many citizens sparks in anger concerning about it's safety.
"Saikado hatai," or "No to nuclear restarts," protesters chanting in Noda's residence on Friday evenings. Noda was challenged to step down after Japan's meltdowns in March 2011.
The government done a safety test on nuclear plants, and says No.3 and No.4 are safe to restart.
Kansai Electric Power Co., the utility that operates Ohi, in central Japan, was not immediately available for comment Sunday. It said on its website that a nuclear reaction was starting at No. 3 Sunday, a key step for a reactor to start producing electricity.
Fukushima Dai-ichi, in northeastern Japan, went into meltdowns and exploded after the March 11 tsunami destroyed backup generators to keep reactor cores cool.
By restarting the nuclear plant that provided about 30 percent of its energy will serves the $1 trillion economy in Japan's second-biggest urban region.