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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Footage Shows rift BETWEEN PM's Office and initial handling of TEPCO over Nuclear Crisis, Japan

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) released video footage on Aug. 6 of teleconferences it held in the crucial first days of the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, underscoring a deep rift between the Prime Minister's Office and the utility over the handling of the world's worst nuclear crisis since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

The footage shows how the nuclear crisis got out of hand while the power company and the Prime Minister's Office were at loggerheads over how to bring the crisis under control. A video clip with sound started with bitter complaints about then Prime Minister Naoto Kan by Ichiro Takekuro, who was dispatched from TEPCO to Kan's office to serve as a liaison between the two entities.

In the footage, Takekuro said at around 11 p.m. on March 12, 2011, "He (Kan) got really mad very often. You name it. When I gave him a briefing, he told me, 'On what grounds? Can you say things will be alright that way even if something happens?' He was harshly screaming at me." The footage confirms that discord emerged between the Prime Minister's Office and TEPCO immediately after the outbreak of the nuclear crisis.

The footage also shows scenes of Masao Yoshida, chief at that time of the crippled Fukushima nuclear power station, being hard pressed to handle the emergency situation while radiation levels there kept rising. Read More