TOKYO: A minor fire broke out at a nuclear power plant in western Japan on Wednesday but there was no fear of a radiation leak, a utility spokesman said.

An electricity transformer caught fire at the No. 3 reactor at Takahama plant in Fukui, said a Kansai Electric Power spokesman, adding the blaze was rapidly brought under control.

“No one was injured and there was no impact from the incident -- such as a radiation leak — on the outside environment,” he added.

Japan has become increasingly nervous about nuclear power in the years since the March 2011 disaster at Fukushima.

Currently, none of its 50 viable reactors, including the Takahama plant, is in operation.

The government, led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, would like to get some reactors back online.—AFP

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