Noda ordered the reactivation of the reactors three and four at Oi power plant in western Japan on Saturday, after securing support from the mayor of Oi and the governor of Fukui prefecture, where Oi is located.
“Having won local consent, reactivating [the reactors] is now the government’s final decision,” Noda said.
Japan used to get 30 percent of its electricity from nuclear power before last year’s quake and tsunami that wrecked the Fukushima plant, spewing radiation and forcing mass evacuations.
“We are determined to make further efforts to restore people’s trust in nuclear policy and safety regulations,” Noda added.
On Friday, thousands of demonstrators gathered outside Noda’s office in Tokyo in last-ditch attempt to derail the restart.