One-third of Japanese nuclear reactors shut down amid safety fears

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Seventeen of Japan's 52 nuclear reactors have been shut down for inspection following reports of accidents and cover-ups. All the 17 nuclear reactors are owned by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). This leaves TEPCO with no backup electricity supply for 40 million residents of Tokyo and neighbouring areas. The reactors normally supply more than 40% of Tokyo's electricity. The inspections follow disclosures that TEPCO falsified safety reports and covered up defects found during safety checks at its nuclear stations in the 1980s and 1990s

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