The people of Fukushima are responding to Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco)’s “final report” on the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and so far the response has been overwhelmingly hostile. Residents and prefectural authorities are describing the report as weak, sloppy, and some even say falsified. The report, which is the result of a one-year investigation and measures 352 pages long, was released on June 20. In it, Tepco does say that its disaster response policy was inadequate to deal with the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, but that the disaster was beyond reasonable expectation, and that the company was hindered from dealing with the resultant nuclear crisis by government interference.
After reading the report, Yoshihiro Koyama, the head of the Fukushima Prefectural nuclear safety division, was left wondering why Tepco didn’t raise the issue of why it did lack a sufficient tsunami policy, or whether or not they should have had a plan adequate to deal with such and emergency in place. He was also concerned about some other major omissions in this so-called final report, such as what happened to the cores of the three affected reactors. Koyama says Tepco should explain all the facts of the crisis, and that he wants a “deep” investigation into the accident by the government. The Mayor of the small village of Namie in Fukushima, Tamotsu Baba, found one glaring falsehood in the report: Tepco reported that their employees visited Namie on March 13, only two days after the disaster, but he says that no employees were seen in his village until near the end of the month. Mayor Baba says that the content of the report is “sloppy,” and even alleges that it includes falsified information.
The village of Namie is expected to bring charges against Tepco’s former president for violating a liaison pact in their failure to report to the Namie Municipal Government immediately following the start of the crisis. From his residence in the temporary housing complex in the Fukushima city of Koriyama, one 71-year-old man from the town of Tomioka, which was evacuated in the wake of the disaster, said he felt that Tepco was still hiding important information, and that he thinks the report is just a ruse to escape responsibility, and make excuses for itself.
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