- Second reactor restarts after the mothballing of the country's nuclear energy program in 2012
- Many citizens oppose the restarts, and nuclear power production after Fukushima disaster
The Kyushu Electric Power Company told CNN that it restarted the Dai-ni reactor at Sendai Nuclear Power Plant Thursday morning as planned and the reactor is scheduled to be fully operational and producing power by October 21.
The move comes despite widespread opposition to the use of nuclear energy in Japan.
About 100 protestors opposing the restart gathered outside of the Sendai nuclear power plant, chanting slogans.
"We restart the reactors, respecting the decisions approved by the Nuclear Regulation Authority as meeting the world's most stringent and newest regulations," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a regularly-scheduled press conference.
The plant, in the country's southern Kagoshima prefecture, on the southern island of Kyushu, also hosts the only other reactor to have been restarted since the disaster, which saw much of Fukushima prefecture, north of the capital, Tokyo, evacuated in 2011.
The company restarted
the Dai-ichi -- number one -- reactor at the same Sendai power plant on August 12, 2015.