JAPAN | Utility admits to dishonest e-mails on restart

Posted on July 7, 2011


JAPAN | NHK | Thursday, July 07, 2011 02:57 +0900 (JST)

It has come to light that the operator of the Genkai nuclear power plant had requested its staff and affiliates to send e-mails supporting the restart of the reactors to a meeting to explain the government’s safety measures.

On June 26th, the government held a meeting in Saga City to answer questions from residents in preparation for the resumption of the operation of the nuclear reactors.

The meeting was shown live by a cable TV station and via the Internet, and viewers were invited to send in their opinions by e-mail or fax.

On Wednesday, Kyushu Electric Power Company President Toshio Manabe revealed that 4 days before the meeting, its head office instructed some company members and 4 affiliated firms to send in e-mails expressing support for restarting the reactors.

Manabe offered an apology, saying that his company’s action undermined the credibility of the meeting.

He said he does not know how many e-mails were sent.

Manabe also said the company hoped to help deepen residents’ understanding by stating its opinion as the plant operator.

He said he is responsible for the inappropriate act, but added that he is not considering stepping down as president.

Industry minister Banri Kaieda issued a statement saying it is outrageous to do such a thing and the incident undermines the aim of the meeting.

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