Amid substantial public opposition, Japan on Tuesday restarted one of more than 40 atomic reactors that were taken out of service in wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. Kyushu Electric Power Co. said it had restarted the No. 1 reactor at its Sendai plant in Kagoshima prefecture about 600 miles southwest of Tokyo. The facility was expected to start generating electricity by the end of the week and return to full output by early September, operators said.
A complex mix of factors is behind the move. Here’s a look at some of the issues.
Why is the government moving ahead with restarts?
Nuclear power provided about 30% of Japan's energy...