Hundreds march as Japan goes without nuclear power



TOKYO (AP) — Hundreds of Japanese are marching and waving “No nukes” banners to celebrate the last of this nation’s 50 nuclear reactors switching off.

The crowd at a Tokyo park Saturday said they were not concerned about government warnings of power shortages.

One of three reactors at Tomari nuclear plant in the northern island of Hokkaido is going offline for routine maintenance checks.

After last year’s March 11 quake and tsunami set off meltdowns at Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, no reactor stopped for checkups has gone back up. Japan requires new tests on withstanding quakes and tsunamis, and it needs local residents’ approval to restart reactors.