Sunday, July 22, 2007

Important TEPCO Scandal Links Courtesy of Japanese Citizen

Mari Takenouchi wrote:

Dear all,
Here are webpages on the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) scandal reported in English edition of Asahi newspaper. This is not solely an issue of TEPCO, but an international issue with a tremendous magnitude especially for countries which possess BWRs (Boiling Water Reactors). Please disseminate this as widely as possible to avert any nuclear disaster.

Thanks for your cooperation.

Mari Takenouchi Freelance translator, a concerned citizen from Japan
TEL: 81-90-4002-3959
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ENGLISH Cutting corners: At TEPCO, saving costs took priority over repairing cracked equipment.
``The workers took such action because of the possible negative effects on power supply during the asset-inflated bubble economy.'' NOBUYA MINAMI TEPCO president The question facing workers at Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) in 1996 was simple: Do we spend billions of yen to repair a tiny crack in ...

ENGLISH New law hopes to avert nuke disaster
It now takes up to two years to inspect a suspicious nuclear power plant.
The government wants to make it easier to inspect nuclear plants after receiving tips reactor operators are engaged in dangerous practices.
According to sources, the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry's Nuclear and Industries

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TEPCO heads to roll; inspections start
The president says there is no excuse for the cover-ups. The Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) president and chairman said Monday they will resign over a long series of cover-ups that has forced emergency inspections of cracks around the company's nuclear reactors. President Nobuya Minami, 66, will ...

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Utility OKs on early probe
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) decided to temporarily shut down its nuclear plant in Niigata Prefecture for early inspections amid public outrage that cracked equipment surrounds one of the reactor cores. The regular inspection at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant was originally scheduled for Sept. 24 ...

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TEPCO chiefs likely to quit over scandal
The president and chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) will likely resign and give up their industry group posts over the scandal involving a long-time cover-up of problem spots in nuclear power plants. TEPCO President Nobuya Minami said he will take responsibility for the falsified records ...

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Japan faces ODA suit from Sumatra
The 3,980 plaintiffs want 20 billion yen for being displaced by a government-funded dam project. In an apparent precedented move, the government faces a 20-billion-yen compensation lawsuit for forcing thousands of Indonesians off their land to make way for a dam project funded by official develop ...

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EDITORIAL: TEPCO execs on way out
Habit of hiding problems must be eradicated. Deceit and wrongdoing have been exposed at company after company-in the Snow Brand group, Nippon Meat Packers and Mitsui & Co.-all big companies in their respective fields.
Nobuya Minami, the president of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), will resig...

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Internal rivalries simmered as TEPCO hid defects
Observers say the utility's nuclear power division acted like a company unto itself. In trying to cover up defects at its nuclear power plants, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) unwittingly exposed deep organizational flaws at the root of the company's latest scandal. The company from which Nobuya ...

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TEPCO execs linked to cover-up as 100 investigated from within
The scandal embroiling Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) likely involves up to 100 employees, including senior executives, according to sources close to public and in-house investigations. The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency will start a three-day on-the-spot probe today at TEPCO's three nuclea ...

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ANALYSIS: In nuke industry, saving cash means losing public trust
A cost-saving atmosphere prevails at TEPCO. In pursuit of economic efficiency, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) apparently cut corners where it counted most. A major factor behind the cover-up of problem spots at three nuclear plants operated by TEPCO appears to be the atmosphere created by compan ...

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