The Japanese government on Aug. 17 approved the full resumption of commercial operations of an atomic reactor for the first time since the March 11 quake and tsunami, which sparked the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Under the approval, reactor No.3 at the Tomari plant, located on Hokkaido island, restarted its operation on the afternoon of Aug. 17 after a period of regular inspection and a trial run.

Currently, about three quarters of Japan 's 54 reactors were suspended from operation, mostly for safety checks.

Before the March natural disaster, nuclear energy provided one third of the country’s power demand. However, the recent nuclear crisis has forced Tokyo to reconsider its fundamental energy policy./.