JAPAN | Kyushu Power:141 people involved in e-mail scam

Posted on July 14, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | 14 July 2011

Kyushu Electric Power Company says an internal investigation uncovered 141 employees at its head office and affiliates who were involved in an e-mail scam to sway public support for restarting its Genkai nuclear power plant.

The company presented the investigation results to the government on Thursday.

The report says 2 company executives, including a vice president in charge of nuclear energy, instructed a manager to influence opinion at a meeting held by the government last month.

The meeting was designed to explain safety measures to local residents before getting the No.2 and 3 reactors back on line at the plant in Saga Prefecture.

The report says the manager ordered his subordinate to make employees at the head office and affiliates send supportive e-mails to the meeting.

Among opinions sent to the meeting, 286 were in favor of restarting the reactors with 163 against, showing the e-mail plot worked to turn the tables.

President Toshio Manabe told reporters that he’s taking seriously a problem he admits has significantly undermined public trust.

He added that he will do all he can to prevent similar occurrences and win back public confidence.

The utility will set up a panel including third parties to come up with a final report to the government on further steps and punitive action against those involved.

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