Accusations have been filed against Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) stating that the utility intentionally blocked a parliamentary probe from investigating a site at the disaster-struck Fukushima nuclear plant. The power company stated last year that it wasn’t safe to enter the No. 1 reactor building due to it being “in complete darkness,” however evidence has been found indicating that was a lie.
Mitsuhiko Tanaka, a science journalist and former member of the Diet’s Fukushima panel, has submitted a request to both houses of parliament for an investigation into the matter. Tanaka says that in February 2012, TEPCO told the panel that a onsite inspection of the building was not possible because of sheet covering and it being pitch-dark. The investigators gave up on the inspection after TEPCO submitted video footage of the reactor building, claiming it shot before covering was installed. Tanaka’s claims, however, reveal that the video footage was filmed after the covering was put up, and that there was enough light for visibility.
The journalist says that TEPCO’s lies are equal to a serious obstruction of the panel’s investigation, and demands that the government look into the incident and conduct an immediate investigation. Ever the excuse-makers, TEPCO explains the situation as simply being an error by the individual who dated the video footage. The government should, of course, accept TEPCO’s word on the issue, as it’s not like the company has a strong record of ignoring safety requirements or covering its tracks after failures have been discovered. If only there was a way to criminally prosecute some of the individuals responsible for such actions.
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