1st Japan Reactor Goes Online Since Nuclear Crisis

Dozens of demonstrators in Japan are protesting the restarting of a nuclear power plant — the first to go back online since all reactors were shut down for safety checks following the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

People sit in protest on a road near the entrance to the Ohi nuclear power plan in Ohi town, Fukui, western Japan early Sunday, July 1, 2012. Ohi No. 3 reactor will be switched on Sunday for the first time since last year's tsunami disaster triggered meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant.

TOKYO (AP) – Dozens of demonstrators in Japan are protesting the restarting of a nuclear power plant — the first to go back online since all reactors were shut down for safety checks following the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Ohi nuclear plant's reactor No. 3 is set to go online Sunday despite a deep divide in public opinion. Protesters shouted and danced outside it.

Last month, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda ordered the restarts of reactors No. 3 and nearby No. 4, saying living standards can't be maintained without nuclear energy.

All 50 of Japan's working reactors have been turned off. Last year's earthquake and tsunami sent the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant into multiple meltdowns, setting off the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. Worries about a power crunch over the hot summer months have been growing.