Thursday, February 16, 2012

South Korea headhunting top TEPCO nuclear engineers

South Korea has been trying to hire top nuclear experts from Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) in the wake of the meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

South Korea is looking to expand its nuclear power program, and in the summer of 2011 -- about six months after the outbreak of the nuclear disaster -- a top engineer at TEPCO's nuclear power division was invited to dinner by a South Korean government official. The South Korean official asked the engineer, "How much of your salary has been cut?" and "Are you satisfied with your working conditions?" and sounded him out about joining South Korea's state-run power company, according to a TEPCO official close to the engineer.

At about the same time, another TEPCO employee was asked by a South Korean government official to have a meeting. When he met the South Korean, he was offered a job. "Please help us!" the South Korean government official was quoted as telling him. It is not clear what kind of job he was offered. Read More