JAPAN | ‘You try living in Fukushima,’ governor tells TEPCO president in verbal dressing-down

Posted on June 22, 2011

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JAPAN | MAINICHI | 22 June 2011

Fukushima Gov. Yuhei Sato, left, delivers a harsh rebuke to TEPCO President Masataka Shimizu, center, and Managing Director Toshio Nishizawa at the Fukushima Prefectural Office on June 21. (Mainichi)

Fukushima Gov. Yuhei Sato, left, delivers a harsh rebuke to TEPCO President Masataka Shimizu, center, and Managing Director Toshio Nishizawa at the Fukushima Prefectural Office on June 21. (Mainichi)

FUKUSHIMA — Prefectural Gov. Yuhei Sato tore into the president of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the operator of the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, during a visit by the utility chief to apologize for the ongoing nuclear crisis afflicting the prefecture.

“You will understand nothing about what’s really going on just by visiting for two or three hours,” Sato told TEPCO President Masataka Shimizu and his projected successor Toshio Nishizawa during a meeting in the governor’s office in the Fukushima Prefectural Office on June 21. “You try living in Fukushima for 100 days or so.”

The pair of TEPCO executives made no reply, only hanging their heads in shame.

The meeting lasted only about 10 minutes, during which Shimizu said, “We have brought distrust upon nuclear power as a whole, and terrible trouble to everyone in society.”

TEPCO Managing Director and future president Nishizawa remained silent for most of the proceedings, though he told reporters after the meeting, “Resolving the crisis will be my responsibility. I will bring all TEPCO’s management resources and all my strength to bear on the problem.”

Shimizu is scheduled to resign his post at a June 28 general stockholders meeting to take responsibility for the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Nishizawa will replace him at a subsequent board of directors meeting.

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