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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

TEPCO meeting video shows decision to not announce cancellation of rolling blackouts, Japan

The vice president of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said at a teleconference in the early morning hours of March 14, 2011, the first day of rolling blackouts after the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant disaster, that the company would not announce its decision to cancel rolling blackouts that day, it was learned from video released by TEPCO.

In the end, at 6:25 a.m., TEPCO announced the cancellation of rolling blackouts for the first planned area, but disruptions to train services still occurred.

According to the comments made by then vice president Takashi Fujimoto on the video, the decision to cancel the pre-noon rolling blackouts came after then Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano reproached him over them, saying, "You will kill people using artificial respirators at home. If you proceed while knowing that, we will hold you accountable for murder."

A reason given by Fujimoto on the video for not announcing the cancellation was, "If we hold a press conference (announcing a cancelation), it will instead cause chaos." A person from the company's headquarters said at the time, "We'll just have to let the situation be that it turned out we were able to get by without (pre-noon) blackouts." Source