Reactor restart protested

Dozens of people have gathered in front of the Takahama nuclear power plant to protest the restart of its No.4 reactor.

About 70 local residents and others from nearby prefectures marched outside the complex, some carrying banners and placards.

They handed over a petition to an official from the operator, Kansai Electric Power Company, demanding that the restart be halted and the plant be decommissioned.

A resident says he opposes the restart as there is a possibility that a huge earthquake could occur near the plant.

A civic group chief says it may be impossible to halt the plant's operations immediately, but he hopes their continued campaign will help reduce accidents or trouble at the plant.