At the annual shareholders’ meeting, the first since the Japanese government acquired control, of TEPCO on Wednesday in downtown Tokyo, demands of the electric utility were hurled towards executives. Shareholders have been unsatisfied with TEPCO’s actions since the 2011 disaster in Fukushima.
Some shareholders demand that TEPCO abandon its nuclear energy program and resort to alternative resources, such as renewables. There were some who even expect TEPCO’s executives to donate their salaries to the 2011 disaster victims. Mariko Asada, who owns a farm where she used to grow her own food, has a hundred shares in TEPCO. With dissatisfaction for TEPCO, Asada hoped that the electric company would stop operating. “If we have another Fukushima, Japan will not survive,” she said.
It’s been two years since the meltdown in Fukushima, but the cleaning up the nuclear reactors has made little progress. Radiation threats due to radioactive substance leaks also keep residents from returning to their homes. With such state, many people expect to never be able to return to their livelihood. Another stockholder, Ryuko Tachibana from Namie, reminded TEPCO of what they went through. “Please think of our suffering, our uncertainty, our fear of living with radiation,” she said.
The four-hour stockholders’ meeting had seen every possible emotion that frustration could bring. Some even needed attention from security to keep things in order. TEPCO offered up a number of apologies and customary bows. Company President Naomi Hirose even relayed TEPCO’s aim to “become a dynamic private sector company through reforms.” Regardless, everyone obviously wanted some actions and plausible results.
[via The Republic]