Japanse celebrate shut-down of last nuclear power plant

Thousands March as Japan Shuts off Nuclear Power

By YURI KAGEYAMA AP Business Writer

TOKYO May 5, 2012 (AP)

Thousands of Japanese marched to celebrate the switching off of the last of their nation’s 50 nuclear reactors Saturday, waving banners shaped as giant fish that have become a potent anti-nuclear symbol.

Japan was without electricity from nuclear power for the first time in four decades when the reactor at Tomari nuclear plant on the northern island of Hokkaido went offline for mandatory routine maintenance.

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