As Fukushima Continues Leaking, 3 Former TEPCO Execs Charged with Negligence

Members of the media and TEPCO employees walk down the steps of a fuel handling machine on the spent fuel pool inside the No.4 reactor building in FukushimaBy Claire Bernish

Three former executives from the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) have been formally charged with negligence over the 2011 disaster at the company’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

In accordance with a ruling from a citizen’s panel last year — and despite two previous refusals by Tokyo prosecutors to press charges — the three will be the first to go to court over the catastrophic meltdown, which followed a massive tsunami.

Those charged include former TEPCO chairman, Tsunehisa Katsumata, and former executive vice presidents, Sakae Muto and Ichiro Takekuro, according to Reuters. As their indictments did not stipulate arrest, none of the trio have been taken into custody.

Despite previous claims there was insufficient evidence necessary to prosecute, a unique component of the country’s legal system allowed citizens to make the final call. As Reuters explained:

Japanese citizens’ panels, made up of residents selected by lottery, are a rarely-used but high-profile feature of Japan’s legal system introduced after World War Two to curb bureaucratic overreach. They were given the power to force prosecutions if they called for them a second time.

fukishimaThat panel found the three executives did not exercise sufficient preventive means, despite being warned of the potential effects a tsunami could have on the Fukushima plant.

Japan’s national media outlet, NHK, said the three former executives planned to enter not-guilty pleas, as they could not have anticipated the size of the March 2011 tsunami, said the BBC.

None of the three charged were available for comment, reported Reuters.

Nearly five years ago, one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded struck off the coast of Japan, spurring an enormous tsunami, which forced roughly 160,000 residents to flee. Three reactors at the Fukushima plant suffered meltdowns as the wall of water knocked power offline, triggering chain reactions.

Close to 16,000 people died and around 2,500 are still listed as missing from events of that day — though none have been directly attributed to the nuclear catastrophe. As radioactive contamination has created an uninhabitable zone surrounding the plant, and with leaks and general mismanagement of the Fukushima cleanup still continuously making headlines, the meltdown is considered nearly on par with Chernobyl in 1986.

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  • eddysach

    Three skapegoats more like…while the real ‘perps’ hide in the shadows of Queen Lizard breath & the reptilian Rothschild’s underwriter’s…nothing like a suspect Tsunami ie: HAARP …combined with the contracted Israeli security’s Stuxnet virus… to send a message to Japan & every one else… don’t mess with the Khazarian Zionist Mafia & their Petro $$$ ponzi scheme.

    • John Cook

      Yes, glad to hear you bring this up Eddy. The whole Fukushima disaster was a scam – there was no ‘massive’ earthquake and the reactors failed because of a stuxnet infection assisted by a small, dirty, nuke smuggled in under the guise of a stereoscopic surveillance camera. They called the explosion of this nuke a ‘hydrogen’ explosion which is so preposterous as to be surreal.
      This was/is one of the Tribes greatest crimes and we are letting them get away with it. The fact that governments of the world are forced to cover up this crime against the planet and humanity shows how pervasive the Tribes control is.
      If you doubt this just look at any of hundreds of videos of the tsunami wave flooding UNDAMAGED areas. A 9.0 earthquake would have totally trashed everything but all the videos show undamaged stuff ahead of the wave.

  • gweneth

    good sum up eddy – I’m sure stuxnet was used to crash the site.

  • Paladin

    Clay, whey, Aloe vera, propolis, seaweed, Spirulina etc etc – eat hearty people

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