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Japan orders ‘stress tests’ of nuclear plants

Japan has said it will run “stress tests” on all its nuclear reactors in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi atomic accident sparked by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster. The ongoing crisis, the world’s worst atomic accident since Chernobyl 25 years ago, has ignited debate in Japan about the safety of nuclear power, which before the disaster accounted for one third of its electricity needs. The centre-left government ordered a round of initial tests on the country’s…