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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Japan's nuclear 'stress tests' receives the Go Ahead

U.N. nuclear experts gave a thumbs-up to Japan's planned "stress tests" for its remaining nuclear power plants Tuesday but left Japanese authorities to decide whether the plants themselves are safe.

A team from the International Atomic Energy Agency spent the past week studying the nuclear safety reviews Tokyo ordered after last year's meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

They also toured the Ohi plant on Japan's west coast, the first to have completed the government's regimen tests aimed at predicting how the facilities would cope with natural disasters.

The IAEA team recommended Japanese regulators improve communication with the residents around the plants and address plans for dealing with severe accidents more comprehensively in the wake of the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Read More