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Three reactors at Hamaoka nuclear power plant have been closed down onthe orders of Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan

Three reactors at Hamaoka nuclear power plant have been closed down onthe orders of Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan

Three reactors at Hamaoka nuclear power plant have been closed down onthe orders of Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan

Japan's prime minister has ordered three reactors to be shut down in central Japan because of safety concerns in the event of a major earthquake.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan told a news conference on Friday his government asked operator Chubu Electric Power to suspend two running reactors and a third shut for a regular inspection at its Hamaoka nuclear plant.

Mr Kan cited experts' forecast of a 90% probability of a major quake striking the region within 30 years.

He said it was a safety measure after the crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, which was crippled by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

Residents have long demanded suspension of the Hamaoka reactors.

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