Fukushima,August 11:Japan has restarted its nuclear power program for the first time after a shutdown triggered by the 2011 Fukushima crisis,as the government pushes to return to a cheaper energy source despite widespread public opposition.
Utility Kyushu Electric Power turned on a reactor at Sendai, about 1,000 kilometres south-west of Tokyo in the city of Satsumasendai, at 10:30am local time.
The 31-year-old reactor operating under tougher post-Fukushima safety rules was expected to reach full capacity by Tuesday night.
It is expected to start generating power by Friday.
Commercial operations would begin early next month, a company spokesman said.