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Japan shuts nuclear reactor over anti-terrorism shortfalls

Over half of current generation capacity faces closure in 2020

The control room of No. 3 reactor at Kyushu Electric's Genkai Nuclear Power Plant. Regulations require that utilities have the ability to remotely control operations at the sites in case of terrorist activity. 

TOKYO -- Japan's first nuclear reactor to restart after the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown was idled on Monday after failing to meet anti-terrorism requirements, with three more facing possible closure this year.

Nuclear power has struggled to regain momentum in Japan following the 2011 disaster. Further shutdowns would deal a blow both to the government's energy mix target as well as to the bottom lines of utilities.

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