19 Juin 2016
June 17, 2016
Fukushima Prefecture has protested to Tokyo Electric Power Company after a panel found that the utility's former president ordered its employees not to use the word "meltdown" after the 2011 nuclear accident.
The head of TEPCO's nuclear power and plant division, Masaki Mori, reported the findings on Friday to the prefecture's nuclear safety section chief Nobuyuki Kanno.
Mori said the panel concluded that the utility should have informed municipalities and residents that a meltdown had occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. He apologized for causing trouble and concern.
Kanno said he cannot help but think that TEPCO had a culture which repressed saying anything inconvenient.
He said the utility's attitude is extremely regrettable, as it ignored the residents' deep sense of anxiety.
Kanno urged TEPCO to explain what it plans to do to prevent a recurrence.