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3 ex-TEPCO execs indicted over Fukushima nuclear disaster – report

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 Cinnamon    24,904

Three former executives of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant have been indicted for allegedly failing to take measures to prevent the nuclear disaster caused by massive tsunami waves striking the complex in 2011, local media reported.

The three top officials of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) were indicted on charges of professional negligence resulting in death and injury, the Kyodo news agency reported on Monday. The officials are Tsunehisa Katsumata, 75, who was chairman of TEPCO in 2011, and two former vice presidents, Sakae Muto, 65; and Ichiro Takekuro, 69, the report added.

Earlier this week, TEPCO admitted that its staff should have reported the meltdowns almost immediately, stressing that the employees had failed to follow damage assessment guidelines.

TEPCO staff knew just days after the disaster that 55 percent of the fuel rod assemblies of Reactor No. 1, and 25 percent of those at Reactor No. 3, were “damaged,” based on the detected levels of radiation, TEPCO spokeswoman Yukako Handa told the Japan Times.


Yes, they should have said something and I want to know why the world was not there to help once they did find out how bad it was. I know scientists went there immediately after and help was refused, but it's been a long time now. Worst since Chernobyl... 

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