Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, just can’t catch a break, even in the small things like spelling. A mistake they made during Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit at the plant on Thursday immediately went viral, leading them to immediately make a public apology.
TEPCO gave the prime minister a specially printed radiation-protection suit during his site visit on Thursday, but they embarrassingly misspelled his name on the suit, using the wrong Chinese character for part of Abe’s name. The first three letters were correct, but the last one used a same-sounding character which had a different meaning. Blaming it on a “typing error”, a TEPCO spokesman profusely apologized for the gaffe. “We are very sorry for the mistake. We sincerely apologise to the prime minister for printing an inaccurate name,” the spokesman said.
Understandably, netizens pounced on this mistake to further heap criticism on the already beleaguered company. One Twitter user remarked, “They can’t get anything right, can they?”. A lot of the comments likened this careless mistake to the way TEPCO has handled the whole aftermath of the 2011 nuclear meltdown at Fukushima, the worst accident since Chernobyl. They have often been lambasted by the local and international community for how they have gone about the clean-up at the plant, which has resulted in numerous mistakes, including the recent leakage of 300 tons of contaminated water, some of which may have spilled into the Pacific Ocean.
[ via Fox News ]