Officially it's a temporary shutdown.
As of this weekend, when Tomari Nuclear Power Plant was shutdown for maintenance, every last one of Japan’s 54 nuclear plants have Japan has been tak.... Although the shutdowns are supposed to be temporary, after the power utilities’ mismanagement of the Fukushima disaster last year, the Japanese public has registered increasing distrust for official reassurances that nuclear power can be safe. These shutdowns could conceivably become permanent.
The world’s major economies all use nuclear power to some extent, and Japan, which got about 30% of its power from reactors, was one of the heavier users before the the Fukushima meltdown. Now, public opinion there and the world over has soured toward nuclear power,...
There's concern for the storage pool of reactor #4. Some sources say Tokyo could be evacuated if it drains from structural collapse or even a crack. If I lived in the potential hot zone for that scenario, it would always be at the back of my mind like a worm of anxiety.
The spent fuel pool is located 10-stories up in the Secondary Containment building, above and to one side of the reactor. It looks like a big swimming pool about 45 feet deep, with fuel being stored at the bottom third. (source)
You may also be aware that the Japanese government has taken over responsibility for the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Fukushima owner saved from collapse by Japanese government So the lucky Japanese tax payers get to pay for everything. Is this bailout a surprise? Private corporations make profit until their profit-driven risks cause disaster, then the government foots the bill.