Japanese Utility Takes Blame for Nuclear Crisis

LazyLion

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The utility that operates Japan's crippled nuclear plant says it deserves most of the blame for the crisis, in the company's strongest remarks about its own shortcomings.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. acknowledged in a report Friday that it was not prepared to deal with the earthquake and tsunami that ravaged northeast Japan in March 2011, causing meltdowns at its Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. TEPCO had earlier maintained that the tsunami was mostly to blame for the crisis.

The report said that TEPCO's equipment and safety measures were insufficient and that the meltdowns should have been avoided. It also said TEPCO did not try to inform the public of risks and troubles at the plant.

The report is part of an internal investigation into the crisis that TEPCO launched last year.


Source : Sapa-AP /nt
Date : 29 Mar 2013 11:44
 

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I'm pretty sure they will... if some of the people who were directly responsible haven't already.

Its refreshing in a way to see a company stand up and say "we cocked up"...
 

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Its refreshing in a way to see a company stand up and say "we cocked up"...
It's shameful that it took them so long.

Back in 1985, JAL flight 123 disaster:
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1985-08-18/news/8502230900_1_yasumoto-takagi-jal-crash-site


Hours after the crash, a young Japanese woman watched an emotional scene on television when the visibly shaken president of JAL, Yasumoto Takagi, bowed deeply to the relatives of the victims in abject apology for the accident.

``Of course, now he will have to resign,`` the woman said matter-of-factly.

It was as natural to her for Takagi to resign as it was for her to expect the players of her favorite baseball team to bow in apology to their fans when they suffer a losing streak.
Now they never admitted responsibility but...

Without admitting liability, JAL paid ¥780 million to the victims' relatives in the form of "condolence money". Its president, Yasumoto Takagi, resigned, while a maintenance manager working for the company at Haneda killed himself to apologize for the accident.[6]

That TEPCO is dragging its feet so long means that traditional values are probably declining.
 

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Yes, they took longer than they should have, but they STILL owned up, which is more than can be said for a lot of large corporates on this planet.
 

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Yes, they took longer than they should have, but they STILL owned up, which is more than can be said for a lot of large corporates on this planet.
I was speaking in the Japanese context.

But who else had such a huge disaster which affected so many people then.

Chernobyl? - more fatalities and more serious, but it was the USSR.

3 Mile Island? - no fatalities or serious problems.

Which other such terrible disasters do you know.....?
 

ToxicBunny

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I was speaking in the Japanese context.

But who else had such a huge disaster which affected so many people then.

Chernobyl? - more fatalities and more serious, but it was the USSR.

3 Mile Island? - no fatalities or serious problems.

Which other such terrible disasters do you know.....?
Here is a nice little map for you

https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=202977755949863934429.0004a0b6a2c06d38562b9&t=h&z=0

Some are natural, and not related to a single company... but alot are due to a single company.
 

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It deserves 100% of the blame, they lied and tried to cover up how bad it really was.
 
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