JAPAN | Govt to probe utilities’ PR activities

Posted on July 15, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | 15 July 2011

Japan’s industry ministry has ordered utility firms to conduct internal investigations of their activities to win local approval for nuclear power generation.

The move follows revelations that Kyushu Electric, a utility in western Japan, instructed employees and business partners to send e-mails to support the restart of idled nuclear reactors.

The e-mail comments were aimed at a government-sponsored explanatory meeting for local residents held last month.

The company disclosed that 141 positive comments had been submitted.

On Thursday, the ministry ordered 6 other utility firms to check if employees were given any information about the government’s community briefings on nuclear plants during the last 5 years.

The ministry also wants to know if staff were asked to submit comments by pretending to be members of the public.

The 6 utilities are required to report back by the 29th of this month.

The ministry plans to admonish the utilities if any wrongdoing is detected.

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