Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers questions during his press conference to mark the fifth anniversary of the 2011 tsunami, quake and nuclear disaster, at the Abe's official residence in Tokyo on March 10, 2016. / AFP / KAZUHIRO NOGI
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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Thursday said Japan "cannot do without" nuclear power, speaking on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the devastating Fukushima disaster.Japan's entire stable of reactors was shuttered in the aftermath of the disaster but Abe and utility companies have been pushing to get reactors back in operation.The court ruling was the first to force the shutdown of reactors switched on under the stricter safety rules adopted after the 2011 disaster, a blow to Abe's bid to bring back nuclear power.It ordered the shuttering of Kansai Electric's No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at the Takahama nuclear plant, some 350 kilometers (215 miles) west of Tokyo.Abe has argued that resuming nuclear power is key to Japan's energy policy, but memories of Fukushima are still fresh for many.
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