TEPCO shareholders seek to preserve teleconference records over nuclear crisis

Mainichi Daily News, Japan
TEPCO shareholders seek to preserve teleconference records over nuclear crisis

Representatives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) shareholders asked the Tokyo District Court on June 29 to preserve recordings of the utility’s teleconferences made during the opening weeks of the Fukushima disaster in a bid to pin responsibility for the crisis on TEPCO executives.

Hiroyuki Kawai, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said at a news conference, “The recordings are first-class data in the pursuit of individual executives’ liability. They are the Japanese people’s common property, so we may all know what happened at the time of a historic catastrophe.”

In a written petition, the plaintiffs are seeking the preservation of teleconference recordings from March 11, 2011 — the day the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami struck and the nuclear crisis began — to March 30 as evidence.

The plaintiffs say they believe the recordings can prove former and current TEPCO executives and others neglected the possibility of a severe earthquake and tsunami and failed to take appropriate safety measures at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. Plaintiffs also believe the recordings will reveal how respective TEPCO executives behaved when the nuclear plant operator was late to vent pressure inside the stricken nuclear reactors and inject seawater into them to prevent the reactor cores from being exposed.

TEPCO is refusing to release the teleconference recordings, citing privacy concerns. But the shareholder representatives maintain that the recordings could be erased once investigations by the government and a parliamentary investigative panel are over.

The video teleconference system can connect multiple participants in different locations. TEPCO’s teleconference system at the time of the nuclear disaster linked TEPCO headquarters in Tokyo with the Fukushima plant’s disaster response headquarters building and the utility’s off-site base in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, among other locations.

June 29, 2012(Mainichi Japan)

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One Response to “TEPCO shareholders seek to preserve teleconference records over nuclear crisis”

  1. CaptD Says:

    I hope they keep all the records THAT ARE LEFT…
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