USA | Kyushu Electric President Hints Will Stay In Office, Vows To Look Into Scandal

Posted on July 8, 2011

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USA | WALL STREET JOURNAL | JULY 8, 2011, 12:18 A.M. ET

TOKYO (Dow Jones)–The president of Kyushu Electric Power Co. (9508.TO) suggested Friday he will stay in office and work to restore public confidence in the company, following revelations that an executive tried to manipulate public opinion on the saftey of nuclear power.

“To deal with this problem and work to restore public confidence is also a way of taking responsibility,” Toshio Manabe told reporters after meeting with Trade and Industry Minister Banri Kaieda.

Kyushu Electric said earlier this week that a mid-level executive asked workers at the company and some of its subsidiaries to email comments in support of nuclear power to a live webcast of a town hall discussion on the matter, the company said. Workers were encouraged to send “messages to gain public sympathy” for nuclear power from their homes, not from work.

Manabe, who has apologised for the scandal, said that the results of an in-house probe on the matter will be made public next week.


					
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