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U.N. nuclear report shows Japan safety shortcomings

Japanese nuclear regulators failed to review and approve steps taken after 2002 to protect against tsunamis at the Fukushima plant and these proved insufficient to prevent the disaster three months ago, a U.N. report showed.

A detailed assessment by an expert team from the International Atomic Energy Agency — the first outside review of Japan’s nuclear crisis — suggested several shortcomings both before and after a tidal wave crippled the power station.

But it also praised the way workers on the ground dealt with the situation at Fukushima Daiichi after the massive earthquake and huge tsunami devastated its reactors on March 11, triggering the world’s worst nuclear accident in a quarter of a century.

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