Japan court orders Shikoku Electric nuclear reactor to halt operations

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(Reuters) – A Japanese court ordered Shikoku Electric to suspend operations at its Ikata nuclear plant’s No.3 unit in Ehime prefecture in western Japan.

The reactor had been shut for regular maintenance work since late December and was likely to restart within a couple of months, but must now remain idled pending an appeal.

The move is the latest in a series of setbacks for an industry still struggling to recover from the Fukushima nuclear disaster nearly nine years ago, with less than a fifth of Japan’s reactors having received approvals to operate.

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