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A visiting official from the industry ministry on Thursday apologized to the town of Oi, Fukui Prefecture, over the government’s failure to create a new nuclear watchdog by April 1, but stressed that the town’s idled atomic reactors have passed all the requisite safety tests to resume operations.

Reactors 3 and 4 at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Oi nuclear power station were the first to pass the government’s stress tests, which employ computer simulations to gauge nuclear plants’ robustness in the event of a massive, unforeseen natural disaster. The tests were introduced after the triple-meltdown crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant last March.

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