Tepco rejects shareholders bid to halt nuclear restarts

  The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is pressing ahead with plans to restart its nuclear reactors.

Tokyo Electric today rejected demands for it to revise the plan at its annual shareholders meeting in Tokyo.

Tepco tabled a blueprint for rebuilding its finances in January.

A key part of the plan involves restarting the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant in central Japan, the world’s largest nuclear station.

The restart was scheduled for July but seems unlikely to happen.

Tepco says it may raise electricity rates by up to 10% to compensate for lost income.

One attendee Tepco listens politely, but that's all.

Protestors outside the venue held signs calling for Tepco to compensate victims of the nuclear disaster and cancel reactor restart plans.

Three years after Fukushima, thousands remain unable to return to their homes.